Glen Coffee: Surprising Retirement Caps Odd Week for the 49ers

August 15, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

San Francisco 49ers franchise-tagged nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin has yet to report to the team since leaving for the offseason following the 2009 campaign. While much had been made of this hold out drama, things took an even more interesting turn on Monday morning, less than one week prior to the team's opening preseason game this Sunday against the AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts.

The 49ers had an uncharacteristically undisciplined practice in which starting center Eric Heitmann was lost for six to eight weeks with a broken left fibula. Defensive end Kentwan Balmer also left the team on what was at the time an excused leave of absence for "personal matters."

By Wednesday, the absence had become unexcused as rumors surfaced that the "personal matters" were related to yet unconfirmed allegations that Balmer had purchased tickets for former University of North Carolina teammates to join the 49ers for a conditioning camp in 2009. Speculation continues to maintain that head ...

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