The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their third day of OTAs, and it happened to be open to the media. This marked the first completely open practice of the offseason, which provided a chance for an attendance check, as well as a look at which injured players were taking part in practice.
First and foremost, nobody got hurt at practice. As most of you noted this morning, that is really the most important thing to take out of the OTAs.
The OTAs are voluntary, so there were some folks who took advantage of that opportunity. According to Cam Inman, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Andy Lee and Phil Dawson were all absent from the session. Bruce Miller was also absent, but that is likely due to the team asking him to stay home until he gets his legal issue resolved. Ahmad Brooks was at practice, so I can only imagine the fact that he is involved in a civil suit and not criminal proceedings makes the difference.
NaVorro Bowman did not take part in practice, but all reports indicate it was a maintenance day. He took part in the first two days of OTAs according to Bowman and Jim Tomsula. The 49ers are going to take their time getting Bowman ready, and there is no need to push things too hard at this stage of the offseason.
- Carlos Hyde is dealing with a leg injury, but he and Tomsula said it is not a big deal.
- Derek Carrier was wearing an orthopedic boot but does not have a fracture.
- Daniel Kilgore did not take part in practice, as expected, which meant Marcus Martin handled first team center snaps
- Darnell Dockett continues rehabbing his torn ACL, and my guess is the plan all along has been to have him ready for training camp
- Jimmie Ward was also absent, according to Chris Biderman, but there is no word on if it is foot-related or not. My guess is he is still rehabbing his foot, but I don't know for certain.
This all would seem to indicate that Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey were both getting in some work on Thursday. I'm waiting for confirmation on that, but given that both lost some or all of last season to significant injuries, that would be a big boost. It would add tremendous depth to a defensive line that is replacing both Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. This is a positive step forward for the defense.