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49ers bench ex-Terp Davis in Singletary's first game

Mike Singletary put his stamp on his coaching debut for the San Francisco 49ers, benching turnover-prone quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan in the second quarter and then sending volatile tight end Vernon Davis (right), a former Maryland star, to the locker room with more than 10 minutes remaining yesterday.

"I told him that he would do a better job for us right now taking a shower and coming back and watching the game than going out on the field," Singletary said after the 34-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. "Simple as that."

The confrontation with Davis started after the tight end was called for an unnecessary-roughness penalty for slapping a Seahawks defender's...