We've got the final injury report with one somewhat surprising addition. RB Justin Forsett was a full participant in practice today but is now listed as questionable because of a quad injury. Julius Jones is certainly no scrub, but given recent performances, if Forsett is limited or out on Sunday I'd be a much happier camper. Even when Forsett was shut down in the rushing attack at Minnesota, he still contributed big as a receiver. I'm glad the former Cal star is developing into a solid NFL running back, but I'd prefer he take a week off and not burn the 49ers.
After the jump we've got Coach Mike Singletary's post-practice press conference transcript.
DT Kentwan Balmer (shoulder)
RB Justin Forsett (quad)
DE Lawrence Jackson (groin)
RB Julius Jones (chest)
C Chris Spencer (thumb)
Head Coach Mike Singletary
Post-Practice - December 4, 2009
San Francisco 49ers
"Good afternoon. In terms of injuries, [CB] Marcus Hudson, questionable; [LT] Joe Staley, questionable; [CB] Nate Clements, out. I think everybody else is about what it was."
On LB Takeo Spikes' status:
[Bob Lange: ‘It's actually doubtful.']
Singletary: Did I say doubtful?
[Lange: ‘You said questionable.']
Singletary: Doubtful. Sorry."
On how Staley is progressing:
"He's working. Working out and squatting. He's getting excited. So, hopefully it all works out."
On whether it gets more difficult because opposing teams are expecting more of a spread look:
"I think it really comes down to executing. You can change to any kind of offense you want to be, but if it's not effective, than it's not going to force it to be any more difficult for them. I think when you execute running the ball, when you execute throwing the ball, now that's when you make it more difficult for coordinators and teams to prepare."
On whether he gets the sense that opposing defenses are still keying RB Frank Gore as the No. 1 priority:
"I would think so. I would think if you look at Frank and what he's been able to do when he has been able to run, the possibility is always there, and you don't want to really let him get started. So, I would think that would be the first thought."
On whether the players understand the sense of urgency going into a must-win game on Sunday:
"We'll see on Sunday. We'll see Sunday. I think they do, but we'll find out."
On whether Seattle being healthier now presents more of a challenge than earlier this season:
"As you go through the year, guys are hurt, guys are up. We still have guys hurt. So, that's the nature of the game. You just go out there and play the game as best you can, and, hopefully, the No. 2 guys that you have, when they do have to play, that's what it's all about. The 53 guys that you have, they're supposed to be the best that you can get. So, hopefully, that next group of player that you have in there, you don't make excuses and say, ‘Well, we didn't have this guy. We didn't have that guy.' It's part of the game."
On whether it's frustrating as a coach that you can't practice tackling during the week:
"Tackling is more of an attitude than anything else. I believe that if you want to tackle somebody, you can, and you'll find a way to get them down. And, that's really what it comes down to."
On whether he is at a point where he is looking at the standings and trying to figure out what he needs to do to get to where he wants to by the end of the season:
"I'm just looking at winning. That's all. I don't try to be real good at math, I just try to really focus on what's really important because to me, if you're playing well, that's vitally important that you begin to - it's that team at this time of the year that begins to gain the momentum, begins to play better and begins to have a sense of urgency when they're playing. It's that team that's going to make it anyway. It's very important that you focus on winning games and being consistent down the stretch. I think that's what we're focused on. All of the other stuff about who wins and who loses and how many wins do we need, if we're focusing on that, then that's not good."
On how he felt about the week of practice:
"I felt it was a good week. It wasn't great. But, I don't think it's ever great, but it was a good, good week."