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July 28, 2008
Robinson has torn meniscus

Running back Michael Robinson, who went down in practice yesterday, had some loose meniscus trimmed from his right knee at Stanford Hospital today. Robinson watched the morning practice, left for the procedure and is now back. There is no timetable yet for his return, but it likely will take a week or two for him to get back on the field.

NT Aubrayo Franklin, meanwhile, was taken off the phyically unable to perform list and was back at practice. Joe Staley (infected foot) did some weight training today and hopes to do some light practicing tomorrow. Ashley Lelie is still out. An MRI confirmed that he had a calf strain. His return date in unknown.

Jonas Jennings sat out a planned practice this afternoon. With Staley and Damane Duckett (knee) also out, Barry Sims played right tackle with the first-team offense while Adam Snyder played left tackle. Jeb Terry played left guard.

Just as it looked as if Zak Keasey was taking control of the fullback competition, in part because of his pass-catching abilities, his hands turned to stone. Keasey had a hard time hanging onto the ball early the practice. His competition for the job, Moran Norris, had a good afternoon catching the ball. Earlier today, Mike Nolan said the competition is close and perhaps it is.

Linebacker Parys Haralson, who is being asked to do a lot more in coverage this summer, had a golden chance for an interception when a Shaun Hill-to-Jason Hill pass deflected straight into the air. Haralson, however, dropped the easy opportunity. He made amends on the next play when Vernon Davis bobbled a pass and Haralson took it off the tight end's fingertips.

I think the 49ers defender with the best pass-rush moves is ... drum roll, please ... Tully Banta-Cain. I was telling this to my fellow sideline reporters today when one of them asked about Banta-Cain's spin move, which as many of you will recall, wasn't all the effective last year. "No," I said confidently. "He's eradicated that from his repertoire." Just as those words were leaving my lips, Banta-Cain put a spin move -- and a damn good one -- on Joe Toledo and blew by the offensive tackle. Shows how much I know ...

-- Matt Barrows

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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