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Colin Kaepernick, Torrey Smith absent from 49ers practice due to charity event

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The San Francisco 49ers held their final OTA session underway on Friday, and attendance was a story of the day, as is often the case with OTAs. Eric Branch tweeted that Colin Kaepernick and Torrey Smith are not in attendance, with both players traveling to Ohio today for a charity event hosted by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden.

According to Branch, Kap is also visiting a young man in Ohio through Make-A-Wish foundation. The 14-year old has terminal brain cancer, and his wish was to see a 49ers game this season. Unfortunately, the aggressive nature of the disease means this needed to be pushed up. He will be in attendance at the softball game, which will raise funds for the Special Olympics. Best wishes to his family in this incredibly difficult time. Hopefully some time with Kap and the other players at the softball game will bring him a little bit of happiness.

Obviously, the results of the 49ers practice are inconsequential in light of that. Blaine Gabbert and Dylan Thompson got extra playing time in place of Kap, while Quinton Patton, Chuck Jacobs and the numerous undrafted free agents got plenty of work between them in place of Smith. We'll have more on that in the coming days.