49ers on top of their game to begin preseason

There were positives all around for the 49ers as they cruised past the Minnesota Vikings 17-6 on Friday night in their exhibition season opener at Candlestick Park.
August 9, 2012

49ers sign Brett Swain

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with wide receiver Brett Swain, according to his agent. Swain is a former Green Bay Packers seventh-round draft pick who caught six passes for 72 yards with three tackles on special teams two seasons ago.
April 10, 2012

No holding back for Niners in season finale

The banged-up 49ers would like a bit of rest, and they can get it by beating the hapless St. Louis Rams on Sunday in their season finale. The Niners called up rookie Joe Hastings from the practice squad Saturday to fill their void at wide receiver, and there will be no holding back for San Francisco against its long-time division rival with the NFC's No. 2 playoff seed there for the taking.
December 31, 2011

Blackmon, Swain Form Bond On Comeback Trail

Special-teams stalwarts Will Blackmon and Brett Swain practiced for the first time since suffering season-ending knee injuries last year. Blackmon is making the move to safety while Swain is fighting to retain his roster spot.
July 31, 2010

Odds Stacked Against Swain

Brett Swain, who surprisingly beat out Ruvell Martin last summer to be the Packers' fifth receiver, is coming off a torn ACL. We talked to Swain, and a noted ACL authority provided some interesting data.
July 1, 2010

Swain Has Big Shoes to Fill in Classy Martin

Ruvell Martin's final act as a Packer was congratulating Brett Swain for taking his roster spot. Martin's phone call touched Swain, who spent last season on the practice squad and is being counted on to provide more of an impact as a playmaker and on special teams.
September 7, 2009

Swain has new strength, attitude

The second-year receiver is stronger and more confident following a year of learning on the practice squad. He's battling Ruvell Martin to be the fifth receiver but has to beat out some young guns aiming for his spot in Green Bay.
June 9, 2009