SANTA CLARA – Shawntae Spencer just spoke at his locker about his hamstring injury, and here’s full the transcript of that interview.
As you may remember, Spencer pulled his hamstring on the second day of training camp, and then he pulled it again at the Fanfest at Candlestick Park.
Q: At the Fanfest you practiced a little bit but since then you haven’t since. Did you reinjure your hamstring that day?
SPENCER: Yeah I reinjured it that day.
Q: Same hamstring?
SPENCER: Same hamstring.
Q: What’s the timetable for your return?
SPENCER: You’ve got to talk to (Director, Football Operations and Sports Medicine) Jeff Ferguson about that. I don’t sit here and I don’t talk about what it is. I’m not a doctor or a trainer or anything like that, so whatever they tell me, that’s what I do.
Q: Is there any concern at this point there they’re trying to pick a starter at one of the cornerback spots and you haven’t been able to show them what you can do?
SPENCER: No concern on my part.
Q: Because you’ve got plenty of film?
SPENCER: No I’m just not concerned.
Q: Do you expect to be able to play in any preseason game?
SPENCER: Ferg hasn’t given me a timeframe. It’s pretty much daty-to-day. He just asks that I do what he tells me to do. Whatever he lines up for that day, that’s what I do.
Q: Can you tell us what you’re doing now?
SPENCER: Pool workouts and things like that. Running in the pool, a lot of treatment, things like that. I’m just trying to break down the scar tissue.
Q: Did you exacerbate it at that practice at Candlestick?
SPENCER: Yeah I just reinjured it. I felt good coming up to that date. We started doing some running, short distances and things like that, so it was a decision that I made that I wanted to try to practice and get out there, but it was just too early.
Q: Is it frustrating?
Q: Have you injured your hamstring before?
SPENCER: No, I’ve never had a hamstring.
Q: Have you met with Harbaugh?
SPENCER: No I haven’t met with him. It’s one of those things, there’s no point in being frustrated in something you can’t control. It’s out of my control. All I can do is what Fergy tells me to do every day and try to get back as soon as I can.
Q: Is it a difficult spot to be in knowing the new coaching staff wants to see you play?
SPENCER: No. Like I said, for me, those are things I can’t control – how they feel about me and things like that. All I can do is wake up each day, come here, do what Fergy asks me to do, and when he says it’s time to get back out there I’ll get back out there. I’m not worried about anything. It is what it is. I know that’s an old cliché but that’s the situation. When I come back, whatever my role is it will be, and I’ll accept it, and do whatever I can to make this team better.
Q: Have you been watching tape on Seattle yet?
SPENCER: A little bit, yeah. I try to familiarize myself with those guys up there. They’ve had some changes, some very good additions to their offense. They have two preseason games on film so I’ve probably been looking at it a little bit.
Q: When we last spoke you said learning this defense was like learning Spanish. Do you feel more comfortable with it now?
SPENCER: I’m comfortable with the scheme. It’s not a hard scheme to pick up, it’s the terminology. The verbiage is very different. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.
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