Jim Harbaugh took some time away from his playoff preparations to meet with the media Friday. He told reporters that his players are in high spirits as they get set to scout the 49ers' next opponent over the weekend.
Defensive end Ray McDonald was seen on a side field rehabbing his hamstring strain with 49ers strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama during the portion of practice Friday that was open to the media.
The Raiders confirmed that they have hired former L.A. Raiders linebacker and Packers exec Reggie McKenzie as GM. We will carry next Tuesday's press conference live -- online and on Comcast SportsNet California.
The NFL announced the nominees for the 2011 Pepsi Rookie of the Year award today, including 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, Cincinnati's Andy Dalton, Denver's Von Miller, Cam Newton of the Panthers and Arizona's Patrick Peterson.