David Akers is keeping his job as the starting kicker. For now, anyway.
Jim Harbaugh made the announcement after practice Thursday, two days ahead of the 49ers’ NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park.
“Suffice it to say we feel confident in David giving us the best chance to win,” Harbaugh said.
The 49ers signed Billy Cundiff on Jan. 1 to compete with Akers, a 15-year veteran who has struggled this season while making only 29 of 42 field-goal attempts. Akers revealed last week he underwent double hernia surgery in February, then re-aggravated the area when he slipped on the field during practice.
Akers understood why Cundiff was brought in, but made it clear he wants to remain the kicker.
“He responded like a football player does,” Harbaugh said. “He competed.”
Cundiff will remain on the roster. Harbaugh said he isn’t likely to be among the active players Saturday.