Injury settlement possible for Carmazzi?

The 49ers had expected quarterback Gio Carmazzi would be ready to practice with the team in its May minicamp for rookies and selected veterans. Then the team hoped he'd be ready a week later for its passing minicamp. Then the anticipation was Carmazzi would be able to participate in the team's final spring minicamp this week. But Carmazzi still isn't ready, and now the Niners are considering an injury settlement with their former heir apparent at the position.

 

"I'm going to meet with Gio's representatives next week and talk about where we're at and what we need to do," Niners general manager Terry Donahue said Wednesday.

 

Carmazzi, who underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder last August, a procedure that wiped out his entire 2001 season, continues to have problems with his shoulder, a condition that has been complicated by bulging disks in his neck area. It appears unlikely he will be ready to compete with Aaron Garcia and rookie Brandon Doman for the No. 3 quarterback role in training camp, which begins July 20 in Stockton.

 

The Niners have several options regarding Carmazzi's status between now and then, including placing him on a physically unable to perform list. He spent last year on the reserve/non football injury list. But it has gotten to the point that the Niners are considering moving on without their third-round draft pick in 2000, although the team still is looking at options that would keep him with the team.

 

"We're all very fond of Gio and we want this thing to work out," Donahue said.

 

Since Carmazzi wasn't injured while with the 49ers – he was hurt while playing in NFL Europe last year – the Niners have no control over his medical situation. That is being monitored by doctors from Southern California, including the Los Angeles physician who performed the surgery on Carmazzi's shoulder.

 

"We actually have a call into the NFL right now to discuss the situation," Donahue said, "and then we're going to meet with his people next week to try and find out where we're at (and) when can we expect him to start competing and start playing and doing his thing. I don't know the answer to that. His doctors in L.A. (are) in control of the deal right now. So we've got to figure all of that out, figure something we're going to do, because it's gone on a long time now."

 


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