The San Francisco 49ers have begun practice, and the beat writers are provided their usual round of solid news updates. Cam Inman and Matt Barrows have each posted an early practice participation report with some useful details.
The most notable piece of news is that Darius Fleming appears to have injured his left knee. According to all the beat writers, Fleming was walking under his own power, but spent several minutes on the ground. According to Matt Maiocco, the injury occurred when Fleming jumped in coverage against MarQueis Gray and landed awkwardly. Fleming tore his left ACL a year ago, so this will be something to keep an eye on for an update in the coming days.
The practice participation reports feature some new names mixed in, but nothing too drastic. NaVorro Bowman, Jonathan Goodwin and Anthony Davis were all at practice, a week after not appearing at an open practice session. Goodwin's appearance is of some note because he had spent the offseason working out at home. His first mandatory appearance is next week at the mandatory minicamp. It is possible this is connected to a workout-time percentage bonus, or he just wants to get back with his teammates. It could be one of several reasons.
Tarell Brown continues to practice at home, while Anquan Boldin and Donte Whitner were absent with no reason given. While Brown has worked out on his own at home all offseason, Boldin and Whitner have generally been around. Carlos Rogers was reportedly in the weight room during practice, which means more practice time for Nnamdi Asomugha. It remains to be seen what Nnamdi will do when things get physical, but this is a boon for his chances of moving up the depth chart.
Mario Manningham continues to do his rehab work, although Cam Inman reported he did some stretching with his teammates, which had not been seen before. He is not doing any team drills, and there is no other update yet on his status. PUP list at the start of training camp remains a decent likelihood.