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49ers training camp practice recap: Justin Smith, Ray McDonald take part


Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers training camp continued on Wednesday, without the Baltimore Ravens this time, and it was a good day from an injury perspective. Nobody sustained any serious injuries (from what I can tell), and the 49ers had several familiar faces back in the lineup. Faces that many of us desperately needed to see regardless of what we knew about said injuries.

We already talked about this in another post before practice concluded, but it's absolutely worth revisiting: multiple 49ers players returned, including defensive linemen Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. Smith and McDonald both had surgery this offseason, and both were in pads. Cornerbacks Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver were also dressed.

None of these players shouldered a full workload, but they were all doing something. All four of those players are likely to be starters this coming season, with the only one in doubt being Culliver, though the chances of him not winning that battle are extremely low at this point.

Running back LaMichael James took part in some drills with a cast. He primarily fielded punts, and as usual, it's still pretty unclear where he stands with this. The other notable piece of injury news is that wide receiver Michael Crabtree dressed for practice after being out since July 30 with a hamstring injury. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Crabtree looked close to returning.

Lastly, there's nose tackle Ian Williams, who took more reps than was expected of him, as Barrows notes above. Williams will be a huge part of the defense this season, what with Glenn Dorsey set to miss a solid chunk of time. Williams is slated to be the nose tackle, and if he's taking plenty of reps at this point then the 49ers have to be feeling confident in him.

Some other notes the various beat-writers talked about in practice ...

Both Patrick Willis and Jonathan Martin were not at practice on Wednesday. Nobody is sure why Willis wasn't there, but Martin was excused due to a death in the family, and was in Pittsburgh. Demarcus Dobbs left practice early with a trainer and it is unclear why.

Maiocco in particular has been talking up Kenneth Acker due to a big day on the practice field. The sixth-round pick had his "best day on the practice field," and picked off two passes. Unsurprisingly, the first was a Blaine Gabbert pass intended for Bruce Ellington, and the second ended a two-minute drill which was being orchestrated by McLeod Bethel-Thompson

I don't have as much time as usual to write this, so I'm actually just going to link out to the practice reports. Post up links from the other writers when their's go live, if you want.

Practice Reports

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