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49ers practice recap, August 9: Joshua Garnett gets left guard work

The San Francisco 49ers seventh practice saw their rookie guard switch sides, and Arik Armstead get the day off. We break it all down.

The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up practice No. 7 on Tuesday, and it saw rookie guard Joshua Garnett get some left guard work. Garnett played left guard in college, but has been playing right guard since joining the 49ers. He worked at second team left guard on Tuesday, with Ian Silberman filling in at right guard. I imagine a little cross-training will be useful in case Zane Beadles ever got hurt. Erik Pears has guard experience as well, moving in at right guard to close out last season. But maybe the 49ers are looking to part ways with Pears at some point.

Charles Haley in the house

The 49ers Hall of Fame pass rusher was on hand for a second practice. He joined the team on Sunday after spending Friday and Saturday in Canton for Eddie DeBartolo’s HOF induction. Haley is one of the all-time great pass rushers, so players getting a chance to pick his brain is win-win. There is no word if he wants to eventually get into full-time coaching, but he has helped out with the 49ers a couple years now.

Quarterbacks work on shorter work

I think we’re all waiting and wonder to see how many checkdowns we see when the offense gets on the field.

Injury update

Arik Armstead was in uniform, but did not take part in team drills. On Sunday, he suffered what is being described as a shoulder stinger, so hopefully he just needs a day or two off.

According to Grant Cohn, Kaepernick may have tweaked something in his throwing shoulder. Cohn said Kaepernick spent a teaching period on the ground getting some stretching on his throwing shoulder with a trainer. Cohn said it last four minutes, at which point Chip Kelly came to check and Kaepernick “eventually jumped to his feet to show he was OK.” According to Coh, “as practice went on, he kept shaking his right arm – it clearly bothered him. He threw mostly short passes the rest of the day.”

Practice reports

Matt Barrows
Matt Maiocco
Cam Inman
Grant Cohn