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49ers training camp practice recap, 8/20: Shells open things up for the offense

The San Francisco 49ers went with shells for Thursday's practice. That afforded the offense an opportunity to get some work done without the defense getting overly physical. We take a look at the reports.

The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up another practice session, and have one remaining before Sunday's preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Thursday's practice was in shells, not full pads, so it was less physical than other practices. There was no full contact work, which meant the offense could take a little more advantage of the situation.

Reports indicate Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald both had strong days. Colin Kaepernick hit Vernon Davis with a fade over Craig Dahl and Shareece Wright. The next step is hitting a fade over Richard Sherman...amirite? Davis has the size to be a dominant present in the red zone, so if he is fully healthy this year, we'll see how much we see of him down there.

I liked seeing in Matt Maiocco's report that NaVorro Bowman had a strong stop of Carlos Hyde on a goal-to-go situation. There is no word as to Bowman's status for Sunday. Jim Tomsula will likely meet with the media on Friday, which will provide us with a chance to get a better handle on Bowman's status for Sunday.

Speaking of statuses, Eli Harold sat out practice with what is being described as a muscle strain. He indicated it was not a big deal, so hopefully this is just a precautionary absence. He sat out along with Bruce Ellington, Philip Wheeler and Glenn Dorsey, all dealing with muscle strains. Joe Staley got a veteran's day off.

The 49ers wrap up their practice week on Friday with what appears to be a fairly short session. They are practicing at 12:20, and media availability is set for 1:35 p.m. I imagine this will serve as a basic walkthrough practice session. In the meantime, here are the practice reports from Thursday.

Matt Barrows
Grant Cohn
Cam Inman
Matt Maiocco