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September 14, 2009
Walt Harris: I'll be back

There's been a Walt Harris sighting. Harris, who tore his ACL in May, had been rehabbing in Atlanta, but rejoined the team this weekend and will do the bulk of his rehab work in Santa Clara. Harris had a bag of ice on his right knee and was walking around without a limp. In fact, he said he might do a little running this week. Harris turned 35 last month, but said he plans to return. "I'm coming back, definitely," he said. "I don't want to end my career with an injury."

Receiver Brandon Jones will resume practicing this week after fracturing his shoulder blade early in training camp. The initial prognosis was that Jones would return in October. But he said he used that date as motivation. "I told them that I was going to get healthy fast and do all that I can to get back," he said. Asked about whether he'd be able to play in Sunday's game against Seattle, Jones said that if he practices he figures he'll be ready to play. "I'm working to play - I always want to play," he said. "I miss games."

Part of the problem along the offensive line Sunday involved crowd noise, which hurt communication along the line and prevented the 49ers from checking out of plays they called in the huddle. "I'll tell you what - it was the loudest it's ever been since I've played there, even the Monday night game (in 2008)," said guard David Baas.

Both Baas and Shaun Hill said the 49ers will have to learn to adapt to the run blitzes the Cardinals threw at them on Sunday. "We expect to see that all year," Hill said. "I don't think it's a big secret we want to run the ball."

-- 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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