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NFL notebook: 49ers safety changes name to 'Hitner'

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By Wire Reports
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:51 p.m.

Meet Mr. Hitner.

Called by that name for years out of respect for his hard-hitting defense, San Francisco safety Donte Whitner has filed paperwork in Ohio through his lawyer to formally change his name by removing the ‘W' — after receiving permission from his mother, Deborah, to do so.

Whitner was fined $21,000 by the league for a hit during last Thursday night's victory over the Rams.

According to, an in-season name change could prove expensive for an NFL player. League rules require the newly renamed player to buy all existing merchandise bearing his old moniker.

QB Pryor set to return

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice and was working with the first team after missing last week's game with a concussion.

Pryor, a Jeannette product, once again is symptom free and appears on target to resume his starting role when the Raiders (1-3) host San Diego (2-2) on Sunday night. He will be backed up by Matt McGloin, an undrafted rookie from Penn State.

Around the league

The 49ers signed former Arizona quarterback John Skelton to a one-year contract. ... The Lions signed receiver Kevin Ogletree, cut by Tampa Bay on Tuesday, to a one-year contract. ... The Ravens acquired offensive tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jaguars for a pair of mid-round draft picks.



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