Counting down to KC

A day away from a flight to Kansas City to play the Chiefs in their exhibition opener, the 49ers practiced Thursday with their purpose pointed toward Saturday's game.
August 7, 2003

Assessing injuries as KC looms

What would San Francisco's offense look like without Pro Bowl stars Jeff Garcia, Terrell Owens, Jeremy Newberry and Garrison Hearst? Everybody got a look Wednesday morning at 49ers training camp.
August 6, 2003

Taking stock at camp

Taking a look at whose stock is rising, falling and holding firm at 49ers training camp as the Niners begin eyeing their first preseason audition Saturday at Kansas City.
August 5, 2003

Niners turning to Vinny for help in return game?

Remember Vinny Sutherland? You might be seeing him returning kicks for the 49ers this week. And it won't be a flashback. Sutherland, released by the Niners this summer after being their primary kickoff and punt returner in 2001, had a tryout with the team on Wednesday. And coach Steve Mariucci said, "He looks to be in good shape. We're thinking about (signing him)."
January 1, 2003

Breaking down the game

Analyzing and categorizing the 49ers' 31-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday:
December 8, 2002

Niners dance on Dallas star again

This time, the celebration in Dallas was for something that really mattered. This time, Terrell Owens' celebration was for a division crown that was a long time coming, not for a touchdown that would give one also-ran a victory over another also-ran. This time, it wasn't a solo celebration, but one that was joined by quarterback Jeff Garcia and his teammates.
December 8, 2002

Will Niners field a full roster vs. Raiders?

As Steve Mariucci walked into a conference room at 49ers headquarters for his usual Monday meeting with the media, he chimed with excitement, "It's Raiders week – tape your ankles." And then, over the next 25 minutes, the Niners' head coach didn't say another word about San Francisco's Bay Area rival, whom the Niners meet this Sunday in Oakland. Obviously, Mariucci has more pressing concerns to talk about.
October 28, 2002