The San Francisco 49ers had their final home practice of training camp on Wednesday before they fly to Denver to participate in joint practices with the Broncos. That’ll be fun. Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey against Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Chris Harris lining up against Dante Pettis. Noah Fant against Fred Warner. There will be plenty of intriguing matchups.
Before we get there, some encouraging news came out of 49ers camp. Nick Bosa did light conditioning with trainers. He was still walking slowly, but he was not wearing a Week 1 doesn’t seem out of the question, which is excellent. You know it. I know it. The team knows it. They need Bosa. In other defensive line news, Ronald Blair returned to practice after being out a week. He injured his groin during 1-on-1’s last week, so it’s nice to have him back.
Jimmie Ward is no longer wearing the blue non-contact jersey. The free safety has been sidelined with a broken collarbone for nearly two months. I’ll be interested to see if Robert Saleh gifts Ward his starting position back, or makes him work for it.
C.J. Beathard also returned to practice, after missing Tuesday with a sore thumb. Still no George Kittle, who missed Tuesday with calf tightness, and Levine Toilolo.
Dre Greenlaw is practicing with a blue non-contact jersey. There hasn’t been any word on what his injury is or was, but this seems prudent. Greenlaw is the type of player that you are patient with.
Joe Staley was held out of team drills because he had tightness in his pectoral. That was precautionary, by all accounts.
Deebo Samuel also returned to practice after being excused Tuesday for personal reasons.