Washington Redskins defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield is downplaying his return to San Francisco.
The Redskins' game at 3Com Park on Sunday night will be Stubblefield's first at San Francisco since he left the 49ers prior to last season and signed with the Redskins as a free agent. The Redskins can clinch a postseason berth with a win, and Stubblefield said yesterday that's his focus.
"It's a big game for us to get in the playoffs and keep playing," said Stubblefield, who played his first five NFL seasons in San Francisco. "It's funny how that fell. I wish we could have clinched a long time ago."
With the 49ers, Stubblefield was in the playoffs five times and won a Super Bowl. These are far different times for the 49ers, who take a 4-10 record into Sunday's game.
"I'm surprised some of the guys who built that dynasty didn't put their foot down and say, 'This is how we do things around here,' " Stubblefield said. "I'm sad for the guys I played with while I was there, especially the guys on defense."
There has been some speculation that this will be Jerry Rice's final home game, but Stubblefield said he believes the wide receiver will return next season.
"They're going to have to take him out in a straitjacket," Stubblefield said. "He and Steve [Young], those two guys are going to have to be tied up to get them out of there."
Tailback Stephen Davis missed practice for a second day in a row but did some running on a treadmill. Davis probably will practice today, testing his sprained left ankle.
"I would think he'll try to run, and we'll get a feel for where he is," Redskins Coach Norv Turner said.
Turner said that if Davis is able to play, even in a limited role, he'll be on the active roster.
"I'm sure it will be a Sunday morning decision," he said.