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Mariucci disappointed by McQuarters' holdout
Posted: Wednesday July 22, 1998 10:46 AM
STOCKTON, California (AP) -- First-round draft pick R.W. McQuarters got a lecture from his coach Tuesday, but he wasn't around to hear it.
McQuarters, a defensive back out of Oklahoma State, remains the 49ers' only unsigned player. That's something that bothers coach Steve Mariucci, considering McQuarters has already missed the rookie phase of training camp. The 49ers moved into their second week of camp by holding their first full-squad workout on Tuesday.
"We've always been very fair to our draft picks," Mariucci said. "His agent just doesn't seem to feel it's the right contract that we feel it is."
The longer the holdout, the less the 49ers can expect from McQuarters in his rookie season, Mariucci said.
"It's the future of the player here that is being affected," he said. "For R.W. McQuarters, to come in late and plan on contributing, he's dreaming because there is so much to learn. There other players here that are just going to solidify themselves in some of these spots if he's not in here and competing."
McQuarters' agent, Tom Condon, was out of the office and unavailable for comment Tuesday.
No brace for Rice
Jerry Rice worked his way back from torn knee ligaments in last year's season opener only to break his kneecap December 15 in his return again the Denver Broncos.
Rice, who is in the midst of another comeback at 49ers training camp, said Tuesday he thinks the knee brace he was wearing contributed to the second injury and he won't wear one again. Rice fractured the kneecap when he landed on his knee after catching a touchdown pass against the Broncos and he thinks the rigidness of the brace prevented it from giving with the fall.
"They had a couple of braces around my locker. I took them and threw them in the garbage," Rice said.
Rice, who has been working out since Monday, took part in most of the team's practice Tuesday, though he was held out of 7-on-7 drills and given the afternoon practice off.
"We didn't want him tangling up with defensive backs," coach Steve Mariucci said. "We're going to take it slow. He looks like he's running smooth, that kind of thing. But we're just going to practice him here and there. We're not going to overwork him."
Sweating room only
Attending the San Francisco 49ers' practices in sweltering, humid conditions seems to be the newest fad in Stockton.
On Tuesday, about 5,000 people turned out, jamming the bleachers that have been installed around the practice fields at the University of the Pacific, where the team now trains after spending the last 17 summers in Rocklin.
"That's the biggest crowd I've ever seen at a practice," coach Steve Mariucci said. "It's exciting for us. It's exciting for the fans and I know our players enjoy it, too. Every time Jerry Rice caught a pass, they went berserko. So it was fun, and we had a heckuva practice by the way."
Guard Kevin Gogan is beginning training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Mariucci said Gogan has a pulled hamstring.
Meanwhile, fullback Marc Edwards, who has a bulging disc in his back, began conditioning work Tuesday under the supervision of physical development coordinator Jerry Attaway.
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