Found August 18, 2012 on The Football Fan Spot:
The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is one part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player for the 2012 NFL season on each NFL team. For the San Francisco 49ers, that player is guard Mike Iupati. It was tough to find a breakout player for the 49ers because basically their entire starting defense broke out last season, which basically eliminated a whole side of the ball for me to choose from. However, they do have one budding Pro Bowler on their offensive line, left guard Mike Iupati. Iupati was the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the highest drafted interior offensive lineman since the Seahawks took Steve Hutchinson in the same spot in 2010. Iupati played very well in his 2nd season in the league, ranking 11th on ProFootballFocus with a 9.6 rating, playing every snap except 4. He was eq...

Report: 49ers' Jacobs suffers no major damage to knee

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Jim Harbaugh: Jacobs' knee injury not of the "you don't come back from variety"

Last night, San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs' knee injury looked bad, real bad, season-ending bad. Torn ACL, MCL, you name it, it's gotta something bad like that, right? But wait, there's hope on the horizon. X-rays have come back negative, showing his ACL and patellar tendon are still intact. He's scheduled for an MRI today. Sure, he'll miss...

49ers’ Justin Smith reportedly looking better than ever

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Jim Harbaugh lambastes officials for ‘crazy, wild calls’

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Report: A.J. Jenkins will likely be inactive for the 49ers when the regular season begins

AP According to Matt Maiocco of, 49ers rookie wide receiver A.J. Jenkins will likely be inactive when the regular season begins. “Our opportunities to watch the 49ers’ first-round draft pick in 2012 might be coming to an end. “Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins will be on the 49ers’ 53-man roster. But, at this point, it seems highly unlikely Jenkins will have a role...

Brandon Jacobs suffers knee injury

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49ers’ Brandon Jacobs suffers a left knee injury

AP Photo According to Matt Maiocco of, 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs suffered a left knee injury during tonight’s preseason game against the Texans and ended up being carted off to the locker room. “Running back Brandon Jacobs was helped off the field after sustaining a left knee injury on his first carry of the 49ers’ exhibition game Saturday against the...

49ers vs. Texans: Thumbs up and thumbs down

Which way does the thumb turn for the 49ers after their 20-9 exhibition loss to the Houston Texans, including barreling Frank Gore, two newcomer RBs carted away, David Akers’ magical left leg, Colin Kaepernick’s scattershot passes, a nasty rushing defense, Tramaine Brock’s rough night, A.J. Jenkins jetting behind the secondary, QB Josh Johnson, LB Eric Bakhtiari and much more? Check inside.

Brandon Jacobs Goes Down With Knee Injury

San Francisco running back Brandon Jacobs left Saturday's exhibition game with what appeared to be a serious knee injury, according to Spin:Jacobs was hit directly in the left knee by Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson and remained on the ground before being helped off the field and carted to the locker room. A serious injury for Jacobs would results in more touches...
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