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August 7, 2009
Davis isn't on the bubble, he's in the bubble

Have you ever seen the episode of "30 Rock" in which Liz is dating the good-looking doctor who lives in the "bubble?" The "bubble,'" for those of you who don't watch the show - and by the way, you should - is the guy's handsomeness. It causes everyone to be so nice and flattering that it makes him impervious to the drudgeries of life - unfriendly waitresses, girlfriends beating him in tennis, etc. -- that everyone else must endure. The guy operates in a world in which he can do no wrong because no one ever calls him on it.

Vernon Davis, I have concluded, lives in the "bubble." Asked today whether he received any feedback from teammates for making them run gassers yesterday, Davis responded:

"A few guys were mad, but like I told them you can't get mad because there will be time you make the rest of us run. I told them they should be happy that I made them run because it's extra work for us and a chance for us to get better, keep our lungs going. If anybody else makes us run, I've just got to suck it up. I can't say nothing. We've just got to do it because we're family. We do everything together. Somebody gets in trouble, we've all got to go down together. ..."

Like Liz, Mike Singletary's mission this season is to pop Davis' bubble. After all, it's like they say in France, "Vu c'est un chemille de'coup."

Speaking of handsome men... The league abhors one of their pretty boys going down with an injury. Which is why there's a new rule this year - you might call it the Tom Brady rule - that forbids defensive players from "forcibly" tackling a quarterback below the knee. Instead, the league wants defensive players, if they must hit the quarterback low, to swipe at or swat the quarterback's legs. To me, that sounds a bit ticky tacky. This ain't tennis, after all. How do you judge if a swat at the legs is too forceful or just right? I asked the officials who are in town this week to explain the new rules to the 49ers that question and they said that all lower-body tackles on quarterbacks must be done with the arms or with the head and shoulders to the side. Sounds to me as if they are letting Brady operate inside the bubble.

During today's practice, Shaun Hill worked with the first-team offense while Alex Smith worked with the second team. Hill was 6-10 in team drills with his longest pass coming on a 15 yarder to Davis (who, it should be noted, has looked awfully good in training camp) from the shadow of his own goal line. Smith, who rarely completes his first attempt of the day, had a rougher outing. He completed 2 of 7 passes.

As far as injuries, Parys Haralson was a full-time participant for the first time since he hurt his hip. Jay Moore (finger) also was back. Tarell Bown (toe), Patrick Willis (ankle), Delanie Walker (concussion), Michael Robinson (groin) and David Baas (foot) are still out of action.

I'll have more on the team's receiver situation - that is, who steps in for Brandon Jones - in a bit.

-- 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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