February 1, 2013

Super Bowl Notebook: Union, league remain at odds on safety issues

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Linebackers Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks were limited in practice for the second day with shoulder injuries.

ALEX SMITH leaving the 49ers after this season is a topic CEO Jed York isn't ready to address.

York made one thing clear: Smith hasn't requested his release after losing his starting quarterback job to Colin Kaepernick.

Smith certainly hopes to remain a starter somewhere, and that doesn't seem likely anymore with San Francisco, his only NFL team.

While the 49ers would love to have two winning QBs, York realizes that might not be a realistic luxury as far as Smith is concerned.

"Alex and I started with the 49ers the same year in 2005 and I've known Alex for a long time. And that's part of the overall analysis you do at the end of the season, not just for one player but for everybody," York said.

"And you figure out what's best for guys, what's best for the team. Is there a spot for him on the team from a cap standpoint? Yeah, absolutely there's a spot for him on the team. From a need standpoint, it's pretty nice to have two quarterbacks that you feel that you can win with. Is there going to be a demand for a quarterback who's played as well as he had the last couple years? Yeah."

AN ODDITY for this Super Bowl has both teams' former owners as finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The late Art Modell, who owned the Cleveland Browns, then moved them to Baltimore to become the Ravens, and Ed DeBartolo Jr., of the 49ers could enter the hall Saturday. They are among 15 modern-day finalists; as many as five can be elected.

DONALD DRIVER, the career leading receiver for Green Bay, announced his retirement, then helped kids from Junior Achievement sell lemonade at a pop-up stand in the Super Bowl media center.

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