Golden Nuggets: Eric Bakhtiari Signs Deal, Ted Ginn Jr. Returns to Practice

Good morning, everyone. How is everything going? I'm doing good. I did the interview and appreciate the votes of confidence in the comments. I think I did OK, but am still a ball of nerves and won't find out the results until this coming Wednesday. C'est la vie.

In the world of the 49ers there were two key happenings in the personnel realm. Firstly, we've signed Eric Bakhtiari to a 2-year deal. He played well in the preseason, leading us in tackles, while filling in for Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith. He's going to take the roster spot of Clark Haggans who was suspended three games for a DUI. The two-year deal makes it seem like he'll be sticking around. Still not sure what long-term implications that has, or whether or not Haggans will stick around. He's yet to see playing time.

Ted Ginn Jr. has returned to practice, although in a limited capacity. We haven't been excelling in the return game which is, in turn, impacting our field position battle that was so crucial to last year's success. Longer drives and the ability to gain yardage and complete key third-downs have made up for us being even in field position. Can you imagine what our scoring output would be if we had last season's field position. There were a few games where we were outgained, converted few third downs, managed to fail in the red zone, and still won in dominating fashion. Kyle Williams has filled in admirably at PR, considering last year's fiasco, but Kendall Hunter fumbled last week on a KR, giving Detroit three easy points, and resulting in our first turnover since the Baltimore game last Thanksgiving. Welcome back, Ted. Now score a touchdown.

49ers sign LB Eric Bakhtiari to 2-year deal. (Bay Area SB Nation)

Injury report: Ted Ginn Jr. returns on a limited basis. (Bay Area SB Nation)

Ginn's return to practice field apparently doesn't last long. (Inman)

WEEK 3: 49ERS at VIKINGS

49ers vs Vikings: Staying healthy is key. (Faaborg)

Vikings injury report: Erin Henderson sits out practice with concussion. (Minnesota SB Nation)

49ers vs Vikings: Vernon Davis a tough matchup for Minnesota. (Minnesota SB Nation)

Adrian Peterson says Patrick Willis is the best LB in the NFL. (CBS Sports)

Vikings' Peterson could get more carries against 49ers defense. (Barrows)

49ers defense faces first run challenge. (Maiocco)

Leslie Frazier anticipates motivated Randy Moss. (NFL.com)

49ers - Vikings preview. (Yahoo!)

Randy Moss set to make return to Minnesota. (Maiocco)

Quiet please: Moss hoping to 'hush' any boos in Minnesota. (Barrows)

Randy Moss ready for Minnesota return. (49ers.com)

ASSORTED NEWS

In defense of Delanie Walker, decoy and blocker extraordinaire. (BASG)

Mike Sando's MVP watch. (Sando)

Ndamukong Suh hits back at Joe Staley over week 2 criticism. (CBS Sports)

5 questions with Randy Moss. (CBS Sports)

Randy Moss: Super Bowl is 'only thing missing on my resume'. (CBS Sports)

Michael Crabtree now 49ers go-to guy. (Lynch)

Do the 49ers have the top safety combo in the NFL? (Yahoo!)

Appraising Jim Harbaugh after 20 games. (SFGate)

Alex Smith faces $15,000 fine if he continues to wear SF Giants cap. (Inman)

Clark Haggans digests three-game supsension, focuses on staying in shape. (Inman)

LB legacy: Patrick Willis said Singletary taught him to go downhill. (Barrows)

Tom Rathman on Frank Gore. (Cohn)

Michael Crabtree motivates offense with challenge. (Yahoo!)

Coach's notebook: September 19. (49ers.com)

49ers D: There's strength in numbers. (49ers.com)

Randy Moss on playing time: "When called upon, I just go out there and try to make plays." (Branch)

Alex Smith stays tough. (49ers.com)

Rookies help First and Goal program. (49ers.com)

Alex Smith: "Sometimes the best thing is to protect it in the pocket and take a sack." (Cohn)

Harbaugh on Sprint Theory vs Marathon Theory, and more. (Cohn)

VIDEOS / MULTIMEDIA

Press pass: Patrick Willis. (49ers.com)

Press pass: Jim Harbaugh. (49ers.com)

Matt & Mindi: Pressure's on to protect Alex Smith. (CSN Bay Area)

The Remix: 49ers vs Lions. (49ers.com)

Conference call: Adrian Peterson. (49ers.com)

Conference call: Leslie Frazier. (49ers.com)

This is another abbreviated edition of the Nuggets. I'm still catching my breath from the job interview and neglected all of my husbandly duties to prepare for it. I'll be back on Friday evening with This Week in Niners Nation. Have any of you been reading it? I haven't gotten much feedback on it, though what I've heard has been positive. Check it out!

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