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Golden Nuggets: Shane Andrus, come on down

The 49ers find themselves down yet another kicker, as Ricky Schmitt, the man who replaced Joe Nedney, injured his groin and won't be able to kick tomorrow.  The new kicker is Shane Andrus, formerly of the Bucs and Colts.  Andrus has attempted and missed one field goal in his career, and is 6/6 in extra point attempts.  This is sort of becoming the kicking version of the 2007 season when Alex Smith went down and the 49ers rolled out Chris Weinke at one point.  Of course, given that tomorrow's game borders on the meaningless, this is not too big a deal.

Niner Insider : Is Alex Smith poised for a big leap? (

Bruce has had little practice, if any (

49ERS / Hoping familiarity will breed consistency (

49ers' offense is ranked 29th (Barrows)

49ers Blog and Q&A: Last call for Arnaz Battle? (Barrows)

Singletary: Bruce may or may not play Sunday (Maiocco)

49ers' third-stringer Davis finally gets to play QB in practice (Maiocco)

Andrus becomes third 49ers kicker in three weeks (Maiocco)

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49ers uncertain about Bruce’s role, kicker against Rams (SJ Mercury News)

Vernon Davis sports new look (SJ Mercury News)

49ers take measure of Alex Smith's growth at QB (SJ Mercury News)

49ers sign kicker to face Rams (SJ Mercury News)

Niners deciding how Bruce can best bid farewell to St. Louis (

Final Word: NFC West (Sando -

By the decade: NFC West runners (Sando -

By the decade: NFC West quarterbacks (Sando -

Broncos' Marshall could help Seahawks (Sando -

San Francisco 49ers sign Shane Andrus to kick in finale (

With two injured kickers, San Francisco signs Andrus for St. Louis game Sunday (Yahoo! Sports)

49ers sign kicker Andrus (Yahoo! Sports)

Teams Talk: Lee on Rams (

Three Up, Three Down (

Peralta Named Kelly-Moore Paints HS Coach of the Year (