No coach likes to talk about injuries, particularly a nagging one that's bothering the QB you just named the starter. That's what happened Wednesday, with 49ers QB Shaun Hill throwing just one pass in practice because of a lower back strain that Mike Singletary said was a day-to-day issue.
Hill injured the back in yesterday's practice and "pushed through" according to Singletary. Hill wanted to do the same today, but Singletary told him to take it easy.
Asked if he found it unsettling that Hill might not be available Saturday night for the penultimate preseason game in Dallas, Singletary said, "It's not unsettling at all, not one bit. We're going to go to Dallas and play football, we're not going to worry about who's ready to go and all those things. We should execute just fine."
Singletary seemed more annoyed by the situation than anything else. Backup Alex Smith has already been ruled out of the game because of a sprained thumb sustained while tackling Raiders linebacker Ricky Brown in last Saturday night's game.