Vic Fangio said Ahmad Brooks is on track to recapture his starting spot – if he continues to show up on time for meetings and give good effort in practices.
Brooks had started every 49ers game during the past 31/2 seasons until Sunday in Oakland when he didn’t play. Brooks missed a defensive meeting the Tuesday prior and also didn’t practice well leading up the game.
On Thursday, Fangio, the team’s defensive coordinator, revealed that Brooks also was 20 minutes late for a meeting last Wednesday. In addition, Brooks lashed out at defensive-line coach Jim Tomsula during a Nov. 16 game against the New York 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 (last 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 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 (Wednesday),” Fangio said.
Seeking shelter – With water pooling on their practice fields Thursday, the 49ers practiced at an indoor soccer facility about four miles from their headquarters.
Coach Jim Harbaugh hinted at that approach Wednesday.
“We want to get a really good workout (Wednesday) not knowing what (Thursday) is going to bring weather-wise,” he said. “If we get the benefit of practicing in some rain, that would be beneficial as well.”
There is no rain forecast for Sunday’s game in Seattle.
The 49ers have moved their practices because of wet, sloppy conditions in the past, but not in the past decade. This is the first time in recent memory they have held a home, midweek, walk-through practice indoors.
Injuries – Center Marcus Martin (knee) went through a limited practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday’s session. Right tackle Anthony Davis (concussion) was limited and wore a blue, no-contact jersey for the second consecutive day. Davis must pass one more step in the NFL’s post-concussion protocol to be able to play Sunday.
Meanwhile, Fangio said he didn’t think nose tackle Glenn Dorsey (arm) or cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring) would play against the Seahawks. Both practiced Wednesday and Thursday, 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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