Vic Fangio said Ahmad Brooks had a good practice on Wednesday and that the 49ers' outside linebacker would recapture his starting spot if that trend continues this week.
Brooks had started every game over the last three and a half seasons until Sunday in Oakland when he sat on the bench all game and didn't play a snap. Brooks missed a defensive meeting the Tuesday prior and also didn't practice well that week.
On Thursday, Fangio also revealed that Brooks was 20 minutes late for a meeting last Wednesday. Brooks also lashed out at defensive line coach Jim Tomsula during a Nov. 16 game against the Giants, which prompted Fangio to bench him for the second half of that game.
“On top of what happened in New York, it was just time to not start him and take drastic measures,” Fangio said. “Told him (on Wednesday) I wasn't going to start him. He knew that. And last week was not a good week of practice for him after that happened. That's when I basically decided he wouldn't play very much unless we needed him.”
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The 49ers failed to generate much pass rush against Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who wasn’t sacked until the game was out of hand in the fourth quarter. After the game, Brooks acknowledged his mistake but also said there have been similar cases involving teammates that weren’t handled the same way.
“I’m not here to point fingers,” he said. “But I’m not the only one who’s ever missed anything. Of course, there have been other people that missed or that were late. But I’m not going to point fingers. I own up to my responsibilities. I wasn’t there. It is what it is.”
Fangio said he and Brooks spoke on Tuesday of this week and that Brooks is fine. He said he thought Brooks would line up at his familiar left outside linebacker spot Sunday in Seattle.
“Provided he keeps practicing like he did yesterday,” Fangio said.
Fangio said he didn't think nose tackle Glenn Dorsey (arm) or cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring) would play against the Seahawks. Both practiced Wednesday, but Dorsey's arm, while improving, is not yet at full strength.
Brock said he only went through individual drills and hasn't been able to run at full speed.
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