Tuesday notebook

Tight end Eric Johnson, the NFL leader in receptions, finally became the focus of an opposing defense. But Johnson said he did not mind the added attention.

In large part because Johnson occupied two New York Jets defenders on almost every pass play, the 49ers' wide receivers were up against a lot of single coverage in the first half Sunday of the 49ers' eventual 22-14 loss at the Meadowlands.

Johnson caught four passes for just 24 yards in the game, but wide receivers Brandon Lloyd, Arnaz Battle and Cedrick Wilson all made big plays through the air as the 49ers raced to a 14-point first-half lead.

However, the 49ers' offense stalled in the second half.

"I thought they paid a lot more attention to me," said Johnson, who played with a cracked rib. "I expect more attention like that. They played a lot of brackets and two guys on me.

"The first half, I thought they were opening some stuff up. There were some routes open for our wide receivers. I'm fine taking an extra guy if that's going to help some of the other guys get open."

Johnson still leads the NFL in receptions with 45. He is two catches ahead of Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward and six catches ahead of St. Louis receiver Isaac Bruce.


--- 49ers owner John York, responding to a San Francisco Chronicle report in which an unidentified NFL owner expressed his desire that York sell the team, said he intends to own the team for a long time.

"No one has ever spoken to me," York said. "When I've spoken with (executive vice president and chief operating officer) Roger Goodell in the league office, he's been very supportive. I've never heard anything about other owners that have been upset. If they're not going to identify themselves, there's nothing I can do about it."

One of the main issues surrounding the future of the 49ers is a stadium to replace dilapidated Candlestick Park or Monster Park, as it is now known.

York said he expects to announce plans for a new stadium proposal at some point after this season. When asked if he might take on an ownership partner to help finance the stadium, York said, "I think that's part of what we're all looking at now. We'll evaluate the entire package and see what looks like it's best for the organization. But our No. 1 concern is not looking for a partner."

--- Linebacker Jeff Ulbrich said he was playing on adrenaline and caffeine after getting little sleep for the previous three nights. Ulbrich said he spent 12 hours sweating and did not get any sleep the night before the game.

On Thursday, he spent the night in a Bay Area hospital after feeling sharp chest pains. Then, he said he broke into a fever and flu-like symptoms. Ulbrich's condition was never diagnosed. He made four tackles on defense and two more on special teams to contribute to a gritty defensive performance.

"Every muscle in my body started to cramp - both hamstrings, both calves and my toes," Ulbrich said.

--- The 49ers placed cornerback Mike Rumph on injured reserve, making him ineligible to play again this season. Rumph sustained a broken right forearm in the 49ers' Oct. 3 against St. Louis. The team activated tight end Gabe Crecion, a first-year player from UCLA. Crecion saw some action on special teams in the 49ers' 22-14 loss to the New York Jets.

--- LB Ray Wells, who was signed to the active roster last week, played on special teams and made one tackle Sunday against the Jets.

--- LT Kwame Harris did not start but saw some playing time as the 49ers try to slowly work him back onto the playing field after he sustained sprains to his left ankle and knee in a Sept. 19 game against New Orleans. Harris was beaten for a fourth-quarter sack by Jets DE John Abraham.

--- WR Brandon Lloyd had the best game of his career, catching six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Lloyd took advantage of some favorable matchups on the outside, with the Jets paying a lot of attention to TE Eric Johnson, the 49ers' top receiving threat.

--- LB Saleem Rasheed will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery but might miss only one game because of the bye week. He sat out the 49ers' 22-14 loss to the New York Jets.

--- LB Derek Smith, the team's leading tackler who missed the last two games with torn ligaments in his right ankle, is expected to be available for the 49ers' Oct. 31 game against the Bears.

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