Balmer Claims He'll Come Back to 49ers

By Joe Kukura
|  Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 PM PDT
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Balmer Claims He'll Come Back to 49ers

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SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 29: Kentwan Balmer #96 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during a morning session of the team's training camp July 29, 2008 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sara Wolfram/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kentwan Balmer

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San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary doesn't want to talk about his AWOL defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer anymore.

"I'm done with that," Singletary told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in a Wednesday press conference. "If you guys want any information about Kentwan, go to Kentwan."

So Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News hopped in his car and went to Kentwan. He conducted an interview with Balmer right at the front steps of Balmer's Santa Clara home.

"People are making a big deal about nothing," Balmer told the Mercury News reporter. "I feel like the 49ers could do a better job of saying that, but it's not my place to say."

Balmer was asked if he would return to the 49ers. He responded, "That's the plan."

Sounds real committal, huh?

The Sacramento Bee reports that the NFL has given a roster spot exemption to the 49ers to compensate for the Balmer situation. This means the Niners can hire a replacement, and still not cut Balmer.

It buys some time to resolve the bizarre situation. But it actually is a "big deal" when the league steps in to replace your spot on the roster, Kentwan Balmer.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks no discussion of unexcused absences is complete without a link to the "Bueller? Bueller?" homeroom scene. 

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