Niners set up camp in Ohio

BOARDMAN, Ohio — To prepare for the Eagles, the 49ers will use the home of the Penguins.

Instead of flying back to California after Sunday's win over the Bengals, the 49ers stayed in Ohio, flying northeast to Youngstown where they will use the facilities at Youngstown State, including the Penguins' indoor practice area in the event of rain.

The 49ers' owners, the DeBartolo family, has deep roots in the Youngstown area, and team officials figured that instead of making back-to-back flights into the Eastern time zone, they would stay in Ohio this week and make a short trip to Philadelphia on Friday.

On Monday, typically a day off for players, defensive players visited a Boys & Girls Club in Youngstown while coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive players met with kids at a children's hospital in Boardman.

Harbaugh said he began preparing for the Eagles upon arriving in Youngstown, and he's advised his players not to get distracted.

"It's not a vacation for us, in terms of where to go sightseeing or anything like that," he said. "We'll be focused on the football game."


Eagles coach Andy Reid said a CT scan Monday showed star quarterback Michael Vick has a hand "contusion." Reid said X-rays taken during Philadelphia's 29-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday showed Vick may have a fracture.

"Today, he had a scan and it showed there was no break," Reid said. "It was a blood vessel sitting above the bone. That happens at times with X-rays. The blood vessel makes it look like it was a fracture. There is still a bunch of swelling. It is sensitive to the touch. The positive is there is not a fracture there."

It's uncertain if Vick, who throws left-handed, will play when the Eagles (1-2) host the San Francisco 49ers (2-1) next Sunday.

Reid wouldn't say whether Kafka or Vince Young would start if Vick can't play against the 49ers.


Rex Ryan disagrees with Joe Namath's opinion that the Jets coach is making his team overconfident, which helped lead to its loss Sunday at Oakland.

"I'm not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something," Ryan said Monday.

The Hall of Fame quarterback said on 1050 ESPN Radio on Monday that "it's rather alarming" Ryan allows his players to think "they're better than they are." He says Ryan is doing "a great job," but also says if the coach keeps telling his players how good they are, they might not prepare correctly.

Ryan says Namath, who led the franchise to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, would be "shocked" at how his team prepares. "He doesn't know our team," Ryan says. "He's on the outside."


Matt Hasselbeck thinks Kenny Britt might be the best player on the Tennessee roster. Now the quarterback and the rest of the Titans must see if they can keep winning without Britt the rest of this season.

Coach Mike Munchak announced Monday that Britt tore both the ACL and MCL in his right knee and will need season-ending surgery once the swelling subsides. Munchak called it unfortunate news both for Britt and the Titans.

"He was off to a great start this year as we all know, and he's a special player," Munchak said. "He's got a lot of work ahead of him. But he's young. We know that he'll be back next year."

The injury leaves Tennessee with four receivers.

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