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Eric Heitmann | Center

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/24/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 312
College: Stanford
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49ers released C Eric Heitmann.
Heitmann failed his physical. It's no surprise considering he was deemed unlikely to play football in 2011 due to neck surgery. Heitmann's career is in doubt and with David Baas now in New York, the Niners are desperate at center. Fri, Jul 29, 2011 11:45:00 AM

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49ers LT Joe Staley revealed that C Eric Heitmann suffered his career-threatening neck injury in former coach Mike Singletary's infamous "nutcracker" drill.

Singletary was the only coach still using the drill, which was more common half a century ago. The nutcracker involves two like-sized players crashing into each other to gain leverage. Patrick Willis (ankle), Tarell Brown (toe), and David Baas (broken foot) also sustained injuries from the drill. Upon installing the nutcracker, Singletary labeled it "pretty foolproof." The players felt differently.
Thu, Jun 30, 2011 01:17:00 PM

49ers C Eric Heitmann is unlikely to play football in 2011 after undergoing neck surgery recently.

It will be Heitmann's second lost season in a row; he missed 2010 with a fractured left fibula and the neck complications. The latest surgery was to repair a ruptured disk in the neck. (Free agent David Baas just got more leverage.) Heitmann's timetable for recovery has been optimistically set at six months. His agent says Heitmann's "hopes are to play as soon as he's cleared."
Wed, Jun 29, 2011 04:09:00 PM

The status of 49ers C Eric Heitmann (beck) remains a "big question mark," according to the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows.

It has yet to be confirmed that Heitmann will be able to play in 2011, though his agent believes he will. Heitmann broke his leg in training camp last summer before suffering his neck injury, and played in zero games. Now 31, it wouldn't be the most surprising thing if he never plays another NFL down.
Sat, Jun 4, 2011 12:29:00 PM

The 2011 availability of C Eric Heitmann (neck) is "clouded," according to beat writer Matt Barrows.

Heitmann will not need surgery after suffering a significant neck injury last season. Although his agent says his client will be ready for the 2011 season, that has apparently not been confirmed by medical personnel. The Niners could choose to move on from Heitmann, who is set to make $1.95 million plus a $300,000 roster bonus in 2011.
Mon, Mar 21, 2011 10:36:00 AM

49ers C Eric Heitmann (neck, IR) was recently advised by a neck and back specialist that he would not need surgery.

"He saw a specialist who told him he's not going to need surgery and he'll be ready to play some time after this season," said Kenny Zuckerman, Heitmann's agent. "By no means is this a career-ending injury. He'll be ready in the offseason."
Wed, Nov 3, 2010 09:51:00 AM

49ers placed C Eric Heitmann on injured reserve with a neck injury, ending his season.

The Niners needed to clear a roster spot for OLB Thaddeus Gibson, whom they claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh. Heitmann hasn't played this season because of a fractured fibula, but it's been discovered that a neck injury he suffered in August is a lot worse than originally thought, and that's what is landing him on IR.
Tue, Nov 2, 2010 12:12:00 PM

49ers C Eric Heitmann is out four weeks, at a minimum, after being diagnosed with a significant neck injury.

Heitmann, who hasn't played this season due to a fractured fibula, suffered the injury way back in August. It was initially diagnosed as a "stinger," but recent tests confirmed a more serious injury. Heitmann will visit neck Dr. Robert Watkins this week for a second opinion, but the 30-year-old is probably headed for injured reserve. He's lost his job to David Baas.
Wed, Oct 20, 2010 07:53:00 PM

49ers C Eric Heitmann (fractured fibula) has resumed practicing on a limited basis.

Heitmann's initial timetable was 6-8 weeks, and he's seven weeks into his recovery. The 49ers have openly considered keeping David Baas in at center, however, so Heitmann won't necessarily get his job back once he's healthy.
Wed, Sep 29, 2010 05:34:00 PM

49ers C Eric Heitmann is out 6-8 weeks after fracturing his left fibula in training camp practice Monday.

In a best case scenario, he'll be back for Week 2 against the Saints (exactly six weeks from Monday), though that's probably a long shot. Heitmann, 30, has missed just two starts in the last six seasons and is easily the most reliable member of an interior line that will start rookie Mike Iupati at left guard and inconsistent Chilo Rachal on the right side. The 49ers have strong depth in David Baas, but inside run blocking could be a problem early on.
Mon, Aug 9, 2010 05:54:00 PM

49ers C Eric Heitmann is out indefinitely after suffering a left leg injury in Monday morning's practice.

Heitmann had to be carted off, so this sounds like a potentially serious injury. He missed the end of the 2006 season with a broken tibia, though it's unclear if this injury is to the same area. If Heitmann is out to open the season, David Baas would be the favorite to start at center over Cody Wallace.
Mon, Aug 9, 2010 03:31:00 PM

Eric Heitmann is locked in as the 49ers' starting center, according to beat writer Matt Barrows.

Heitmann won't be pushed by last year's backup, Cody Wallace. In fact, Wallace could end up losing the No. 2 gig to David Baas. Heitmann ranked 17th among centers in Profootballfocus.com's rankings last season.
Mon, Jun 7, 2010 09:13:00 AM

49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz called Eric Heitmann the best center he's ever coached "by far."

Throwing Andy McCollum and Mike Gruttadauria under the bus a bit. Martz says Heitmann, who was locked up through 2011 last offseason, should be a Pro Bowler. He's helped put Frank Gore on pace for 1,600 total yards in '08.
Thu, Dec 4, 2008 03:40:00 PM

Pro Football Talk reports that the 49ers and center Eric Heitmann agreed to terms on a contract extension last month.

According to PFT, Heitmann's new deal will keep him in San Francisco through 2011 and includes a $1.25 signing bonus with base salaries of $800,000, $1.4 million and $1.95 million over the next three years.
Tue, Oct 21, 2008 01:13:00 PM

49ers C Eric Heitmann is expected to be fully healthy by the season.

Heitmann, recovering from a broken tibia, could be ready for minicamps.
Tue, Feb 6, 2007 08:47:00 AM

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