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1. Finally a Field
The 49ers began installing their new natural playing surface at their new stadium at 5 a.m. this morning. Trucks carrying 42-inch strips will have brought between 20,000 and 30,000 square feet of sod into Levi's® by the end of Thursday. The organization and its supplier, West Coast Turf (WCT), plan to complete the installation on Friday. The venue hosts its first pro sporting event on Aug. 2 before the NFL preseason gets going.
>>WCT's Greg Dunn gave us 15 facts about the Bermuda Bandera being layed down at the stadium.
>>Also, 49ers Studios produced two awesome videos: the one you see to the right and this package from WCT's farm in Livingston, Calif., where the 49ers grass grew to maturation.
2. Goody a Saint?
Jonathan Goodwin spent the last three seasons as San Francisco's starting center but is garnering interest from his previous team, the New Orleans Saints, according to this Tweet report. 'Goody' was venerated in the locker room here and praised for his hand technique. He's 35 and coming off his 12th NFL season but has said he's still willing and able to compete at the highest level.
>>On the other side of the ball, will the squad's youth affect its ability to defend quarterbacks like Peyton Manning? Eric Branch of SFGate.com explored that question.
3. Around the League
>>There are six NFL teams interested in acquiring draft-eligible pass-rusher Michael Sam, and the Baltimore Ravens are one of them. Sam, you might remember, announced that he was gay, then addressed the league's media contingent. Jim Harbaugh supports Sam's path to the pros, by the way.
>>Finally healthy wideout Sidney Rice is a Seattle Seahawk again, as he reported on his Twitter timeline. And ex-Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, he of the 2,006-yard season in 2009, is a now a New York Jet.