Notebook: Injury Gives Perspective

Aaron Kampman tells a funny story from Sunday; a concussion for Scott Wells; plus much more from Thursday as the Packers get ready to play San Francisco.

Thanks for missing me.

Of all the odd things about Aaron Kampman not playing last Sunday — it was Kampman's first injury-related absence since missing time with a sprained ankle in 2003 — topping the list was Kampman's exit from the stadium parking lot after the 17-7 victory over Dallas.

"It was (strange)," Kampman said on Thursday. "I had people, e-mails all week — ‘It will be weird not seeing you' — text messages. But it was all right. This was an interesting thing that was funny to me though. So, I'm driving out of the stadium and people are like, ‘Great game Aaron!' It kind of makes you realize ... you know what I mean? It was funny. It was an interesting perspective."

That perspective will be a one-game thing for Kampman, who has had no lingering problems from a concussion sustained at Tampa Bay and fully expects to start on Sunday against San Francisco. On Monday, Kampman passed the cognitive test and was allowed to work out for the first time. Kampman worked out again on Wednesday, and he's practiced the last two days.

During the game, Kampman called his role "slash." He charted the defensive calls and acted as an assistant to assistant coach Kevin Greene in helping Brad Jones make his starting debut.

"Difficult. Difficult. But it was good," Kampman said. "It gave me a good perspective again, how much I enjoy playing, so that was obviously good."

More concussions

Another Packers starter is in jeopardy of missing the game. Center Scott Wells practiced on Wednesday but was held out of Thursday's practice with a concussion. Coach Mike McCarthy wouldn't say when Wells suffered the concussion, saying only that Wells reported it on Wednesday.

If Wells can't play, undrafted rookie Evan Dietrich-Smith will get the start.

"Well, Scott, I'm hopeful that after his test (Friday) that we'll be able to move forward. But that is up in the air," McCarthy said. "You go off of what you see. Dietrich-Smith has had a ton of work. He's really been working the majority of the reps the last couple weeks since Jason (Spitz's) gone down, because Scott has had some injuries during the course of the week and has been able to play on Sundays. He's definitely getting the work to get ready, so I feel good about that."

Packers injury report

Did not participate — LB Desmond Bishop (ankle); DE Cullen Jenkins (ankle); C Scott Wells (concussion). Limited participation — T Allen Barbre (ankle); DE Johnny Jolly (back); FB John Kuhn (hand); LB Clay Matthews III (jaw). Full participation — LB Brandon Chillar (hand); TE Jermichael Finley (knee); LB Brad Jones (concussion); LB Aaron Kampman (concussion); LB Brady Poppinga (quad); T Mark Tauscher (knee); CB Charles Woodson (hip).

Barbre and Jolly were added to the injury report.

"Allen had an injury today at practice," McCarthy said. "It looked like an ankle sprain. I'm not sure the severity of it. It happened near the end of practice. Johnny Jolly's back locked up on him yesterday, and we had to hold him today. He's got some lower back tightness."

49ers injury report

Out — CB Nate Clements (shoulder); T Joe Staley (knee). Did not participate — RB Michael Robinson (not injury related); LB Takeo Spikes (hamstring). Limited participation — DE Justin Smith (back). Full participation — WR Isaac Bruce (ankle/elbow); RB Glen Coffee (concussion); WR Michael Crabtree (knee); DT Demetric Evans (shoulder); S Michael Lewis (quad); S Mark Roman (knee); T/G Adam Snyder (shoulder).

Clements is the 49ers' best cornerback and Staley is one of the NFL's better young left tackles.

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San Francisco offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye was an assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the infamous Snow Bowl. Click here for the San Francisco Chronicle's story.

Four-point stance

— Rookie receiver Michael Crabtree, who held out of all of training camp, has three-plus catches in each of his first four career starts.

— Niners quarterback Alex Smith completed 69.6 percent of his passes last week against Chicago. The 49ers are 5-0 when he completes at least 69 percent of his passes.

— Running back Frank Gore is the first running back with three 60-yard touchdown runs in a season since 2003. In his last game against Green Bay, 2006, he rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown. His 5,889 yards from scrimmage since the start of 2006 are third-most in the NFL.

— The Packers are plus-84 yards per game (366.2 for, 282.3 against) while the Niners are minus-58 (277.9 for, 336.0 against).


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