Ulbrich goes on IR with concussion
Veteran San Francisco linebacker
He might be done altogether.
The 10th-year pro, who is away from the team this week handling personal business, has said he’s not ruling out retirement after sustaining more concussions during his career than he can count. He acknowledged he needs to think about his long-term health, future and family.
“We really have a conservative approach in everything we do as it pertains to our players,” Singletary said. “We want to make sure that even though we come out here and we stress the physicality of what we’re trying to do and what we’re trying to bring across, at the same time on the other side of that we want to make sure we take care of our players. Because taking care of the players means we’re taking care of their families as well, in the long run.”
Ulbrich’s presence will be missed, even if he’s still around in a different role. He’s one of the longest-tenured
“I give a lot of credit to him. He’s a barbarian of the game,” fellow linebacker
Singletary plans to keep Ulbrich involved in team meetings and practice. He also might travel to some road games.
“A guy like Jeff, knowing Jeff, he’s never going to be in total agreement, because he’s a football player,” Singletary said. “It’s easy to sit down and say, ‘You know what, I may consider retirement,’ but when it really comes down to it and it’s actually a possibility now it’s like, ‘Wait a minute, hold on, I didn’t sign up for this part of it.’ I think in the end he knows we have his best interest at heart and to look down the road he’s had a heck of a career. Right now that’s where we see it and we just want to do what’s best for him.”
Singletary said it’s unlikely strong safety
Lewis also has undergone extensive testing and Singletary expects to know more about his situation in the next day or two.
“As of right now the early prognosis is that he’s OK,” Singletary said. “We’ll have to monitor that going forward. I want to listen to what they tell us after the testing and make decisions going forward.”
The 29-year-old Lewis, a Pro Bowl selection in 2004 with Philadelphia, is in his eighth NFL season and third with San Francisco. He ranked third on the team with 118 tackles in 2008.
Lewis recently expressed concern about his concussions and the susceptibility to having more considering his pattern.
Lewis’ first concussion occurred Aug. 18 during a joint practice with Oakland at the