The San Francisco 49ers were apparently a bit short-handed at wide receiver on Tuesday, resulting in Josh Johnson actually getting some practice time at the position to fill in for depth. According to Matt Barrows, Quinton Patton suffered a foot injury on Monday. Barrows is reporting the injury is not believed to be serious, but the team is awaiting CT scan results before getting him back on the field. Patton fractured his right foot last season, but there is no word on whether it's the same foot this time around.
Paucity of WRs at today's OTA session. No Crabtree, Boldin, Stevie Johnson or Quinton Patton. Patton hurt foot at Monday's session but ...— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) June 3, 2014
... It is not believed to be serious. Awaiting CT scan results. Johnson injury is minor. Other 2 aren't injured, don't need to be here.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) June 3, 2014
Last week, Matt Barrows wrote about how the 49ers were taking things slowly with Michael Crabtree. He pointed to Jim Harbaugh's comments about taking a smart approach with Crabtree. While Crabtree did have an incredibly return from his Achilles injury, OTAs are not the time to push him too hard. Although he showed his stuff late last season and into the playoffs, his recovery was not truly complete.
Even if he is feeling good, it makes sense to just bring him along slowly so he is good to go when training camp gets here. And even then, it will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets in the preseason. First, it makes sense to potentially try and avoid injury. Second, the wide receiver depth chart is so deep, it makes sense to get more snaps to guys that are actually competing for roster spots and targets. We know Crabtree and Boldin will be No. 1 and No. 2. Stevie Johnson seems likely to be No. 3, but obviously it would be nice to get him as much time with Colin Kaepernick as possible. After that, it's every man for himself in the competition for a roster spot and any semblance of targets once the season starts.
For now, the 49ers will be extra cautious with anybody dealing with any sort of issue. Jim Harbaugh will likely speak with the media at some point, and I'm sure we'll hear a "he's working through something." In the meantime, we'll just wait.
The 49ers wrapped up practice at 3:30 p.m., and had some media availability immediately after. Here is a Twitter list you can follow for thoughts from the beat writers, as well as their articles as they publish and are tweeted.