Singletary admits to poor sportsmanship
Mike Singletary (AP/Dave Martin)
Mike Singletary (AP/Dave Martin)
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Posted Oct 6, 2010
Michael R. Martinez


Mike Singletary concedes he didn't shake the hand of Falcons coach Mike Smith after Sunday's loss, saying it was "poor sportsmanship." But he denied he was in a daze.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Is Mike Singletary a poor sport?

The San Francisco 49ers coach admitted he was on Sunday when he passed up the traditional postgame handshake with Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith after the Falcons won 16-14 on a field goal with two second left. It dropped the 49ers to 0-4.

“That was poor sportsmanship on my behalf,” Singletary said. “That’s all it was.”

Singletary acknowledged that he has not called Smith this week to apologize. He also denied a suggestion that he seemed in a daze or “out of it” after the game and during his postgame news conference.

“How could you come up with ‘a daze’?” He asked a reporter on Wednesday. “Where would that come from?

“I don’t know if any of you guys ever get ticked,” he added. “I’d be the first to tell my kids that was wrong. I should’ve went over and shook his hand. I chose not to for a number of reasons, but nothing else was on my mind. I was disappointed, and that was a very honest feeling after the game.”

INJURY UPDATE: Center Eric Heitmann, who has been out since training camp because of a broken fibula, is expected back this week, although it’s unlikely he’ll play Sunday night when the 49ers most the Philadelphia Eagles. The team has been mostly satisfied with the play of David Baas during Heitmann’s recovery.

“The most important thing for our team is that Heitmann is just going to have to continue to work himself back into football shape,” Singletary said. “David is doing a nice job right now, and we’ll know when that time comes. It’s not something we’re rushing.”

Singletary said that wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) and cornerback Will James (high ankle sprain) have a chance to return this week, but tight end Delanie Walker won’t be available. He has what he termed a high ankle sprain and is wearing a boot and walking on crutches. High ankle sprains are notorious for keeping players sidelined for several weeks.

PRACTICE SQUAD ADDITIONS: The 49ers added tight end Colin Cloherty and linebacker Eric Bakhtiari to their practice squad. They replace linebackers Keaton Kristick, who was promoted to the 53-man roster, and Bruce Davis, who was signed by the Oakland Raiders.

Cloherty was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and played in one game. He spent most of the season on the practice squad. He was one of the Colts’ final cuts in training camp this year. Bakhtiari, signed by the San Diego Chargers in 2008, also as an undrafted free agent, has spent time on the practice squads with the Chargers, 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans. He played in three games for the Titans in 2009.

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