Newest 49er Has a Job for You

By Sajid Farooq
|  Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011  |  Updated 8:23 PM PDT
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Linebackers Ray Lewis stands with Tavares Gooden, the newest member of the San Francisco 49ers.

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Are you an expert yogi? Then the newest member of the San Francisco 49ers may have a job for you.

San Francisco's new inside linebacker Tavares Gooden joined his new team Tuesday and he tells the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows that he has undertaken a new practice to reverse his bad streak of injuries.

Gooden said he began practicing yoga this summer on the suggestion of his agent, who said it may be a way for him to avoid injury.

The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker has missed 22 games the past three seasons due to injuries ranging from a hernia to a torn labrum.

Now he says hopes yoga helps him stay on the field this seasons for his new team. Gooden said it has already made him faster.

But to continue, the 6' 1," 242 pound linebacker needs an expert to help him.

"I'm looking for a place out here where I can find a stretch doctor or a yoga instructor to help me out," he said. "I think I'll continue that because it has helped me out."
 

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