Niners return to work after four days off

The 49ers’ regular-season opener is four days away. I’m not sure Mike Singletary can wait that long.


He is clearly excited about the team’s opener. And a good many players on the team expressed their enthusiasm for opening against the 2008 NFC West champions – and a team that nearly won the Super Bowl.


Here’s some of what’s going on in 49erland:


–The 49ers returned to work today after having four days off.


–Singletary said he decided on CB Shawntae Spencer because of his technique and experience in the defense. He said he did not make any mental mistakes during camp. Spencer said he was surprised to be named 49ers starter. He said he thought Dre’ Bly would get the call. And, likewise, Bly thought he would be the starter, saying that’s the standard he’s set for himself.


–Bly is the team’s third cornerback, while Mark Roman will enter when the 49ers go with six defensive backs, Singletary said.


Michael Crabtree has locker – with jersey and helmet (no logo) — between Jason Hill and Isaac Bruce. But there is still no indication he’s ready to sign. Crabtree has been spending his time in the Bay Area, but the sides are still far apart in reaching a contract.


–This has nothing to do with Crabtree, but Singletary was talking about why Jimmy Raye was downplaying the importance of the quarterback. “We’re not trying to build superstars, we want to build a team.”


–Singletary opened his remarks by saying he was not going to talk about Crabtree or the team’s offseason flirtation with Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner.


–Safety Michael Lewis is medically cleared after sustaining a concussion Aug 29. It was his second concussion in 11 days. Lewis will start for 49ers on Sunday, Singletary said.


–Receiver Brandon Jones is out through September with a broken shoulder, while linebacker Ahmad Brooks will be out a week or two with a knee problem.


–New offensive tackle Tony Pashos said there are a lot of new things to learn with the 49ers’ offense, though he played two seasons under O-line coach Tony Pashos  Chris Foerster. “I just want to learn everything as fast as possible.” He’ll be the primary backup, at least initially, for starting right tackle Adam Snyder.


–Singletary talked to his practice-squad players after the walk-through this morning and urged them to “bust their tails” and make a push to get onto the team’s game day 45-man roster. The 49ers added the final P-squad player, G-T Drew Radovich. The other seven guys on the unit are WRs Dominique Ziegler and Dobson Collins, LB Diyral Briggs, RB Kory Sheets, T Alex Boone, FB Brit Miller and TE Joe Jon Finley.


–Receiver Jason Hill still does not know his role on the team, but he said he was thrilled to make the 49ers’ 53-man roster.


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