49ers have no simple solution to Willis’ absence

This is my Friday column. SANTA CLARA It was a test. I knew the correct answer to the question I was going to ask Trent Baalke. I wanted to see if Baalke knew the answer, too. Baalke was sitting in the 49ersā€™ media room facing a semi-circle of reporters, answering questions about the state of the franchise. This was Wednesday, March 11 ā€” the day after Patrick Willis retired. Losing…

March 13, 2015
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Loss of Justin Smith could be more than just physical

The 49ers have a big problem with Justin Smith. Even if he is able to play in the playoffs, a triceps injury is very painful, especially when the elbow gets beyond a normal range of motion. The 49ers probably would have to brace his arm and restrict how far he can extend it. This would limit his ability to push people away from his body and to play off blocks…

December 27, 2012
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