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Niners kicker got threats

The 49ers’ David Akers says he shut his Twitter account after getting death threats.

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The 49ers’ David Akers says he shut his Twitter account after getting death threats.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — 49ers K David Akers said Thursday he received death threats on Twitter and closed his account.

Akers became aware of the threats late last month. He said he was unsure about the number he received because he did not go further back on his account to see how many.

"I got off there, so I won't deal with that anymore," Akers said Thursday.

He reported them to team and NFL security personnel. The 49ers said they and the league were aware of the situation.

Akers, 38, also revealed Thursday — the day newly signed Billy Cundiff practiced alongside him in what has become a competition — that he had double hernia surgery in February after his All-Pro season. He went to see the doctor who did the surgery in Philadelphia after a Nov. 25 game at New Orleans to have injections after the area flared up when he fell during practice working on kickoffs.

Akers has been in a slump this season. He is 29-for-42 on field goals. Cundiff signed a one-year contract Tuesday to compete with Akers as coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff determine who will handle the kicking duties in the divisional game Jan. 12 at Candlestick Park.

seahawks: Starting CB Brandon Browner, back from a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, is expected to play Sunday in the wild card game at Washington for the first time since early December, when he dropped his suspension appeal. Coach Pete Carroll had not said whether Browner would start, concerned he might be rusty. Browner, speaking for the first time since missing the last four games of the regular season said he didn't mind being forced to sit out because it was fun watching Seattle continue to roll toward the postseason. "It was fun because we were kicking everyone's butt."

packers: With Randall Cobb back from a sprained ankle and Jordy Nelson planning to play in Saturday night's wild card game against Minnesota, Green Bay finally will have all four top receivers — Greg Jennings and tight end Jermichael Finley are the others — for the first time in essentially three months. "It makes us very dangerous," Jennings said. "It's pretty obvious when we have all four guys healthy, the amount of big plays that we can accumulate goes up. Aaron (Rodgers) has a lot more options."

Vikings: CB Antoine Winfield did not practice and plans to wear a bigger cast on his broken right hand against Green Bay. Winfield wore a pad on the hand in Sunday's regular-season finale but could not finish because the hand swelled up and caused him too much pain. He worked with a bigger soft cast this week. QB Christian Ponder has been limited all week with a sore throwing elbow. Coach Leslie Frazier said the former Seminole would be fine for the game.

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