Harbaugh on Justin Smith: “God willing and the creek don’t rise, he’s going to play.”

SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh spoke in the media tent Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript of his press conference, courtesy of the 49ers.   Have you made a decision on your kicker yet? “No. Not one that we’ll have made or announce yet.”   Will you not announce it until an hour and a half before the game? “That’s possible.”   I was on a conference call with former 49ers…

January 9, 2013

Harbaugh on the 49ers’ kicker competition: “We have a leader in the clubhouse.”

SANTA CLARA – This is what Jim Harbaugh said about the 49ers kicker competition Monday in the media tent, courtesy of the 49ers.   Have you made any resolution on which kicker is going to be working for you on Saturday? “No. Not a resolution, but, we have a leader in the clubhouse, and we’ll see how it goes today and tomorrow.”   Can you say who that leader is?…

January 7, 2013

Practice report: 49ers preparing for Packers, Akers v. Cundiff part II, and Justin Smith’s arm brace

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers appear to be preparing to play the Green Bay Packers next Saturday. At practice this afternoon, the 49ers’ offensive practice squad players were all wearing the numbers of the Packers’ stars: Ricardo Lockette was wearing No.87 for Jordy Nelson, Chad Hall was wearing No. 18 for Randall Cobb, and Garrett Celek was wearning No.88 for Jermichael Finley. These players were warming up on the far…

January 4, 2013

Billy Cundiff on the 49ers’ kicker competition: “It’s a performance business.”

SANTA CLARA – Billy Cundiff made 10-of-12 field goals in Thursday’s kicker competition. He made a 55-yarder with a portable plastic holder. Cundiff spoke at his new 49ers’ locker after practice, and here’s what he said. Q: Do you know David Akers? CUNDIFF: Yeah we went to the Pro Bowl together in 2010. We’ve worked with the same kicking coach, Randy Brown. I’ve kicked David in the offseason. We’ve texted…

January 3, 2013

Harbaugh on the kicker competition: “It could be settled early next week.”

Jim Harbaugh spoke on KNBR Wednesday morning. Here’s what he said about Billy Cundiff and David Akers. Q: You guys have brought in Billy Cundiff to compete with David Akers? HARBAUGH: That is football. Football is competition. I think we’re on the right track there. It makes sense to me. Q: It’s sort of unprecedented. Do you have any idea of how you want to proceed? HARBAUGH: I don’t think…

January 2, 2013