SANTA CLARA – Rookie running back LaMichael James did not practice on Tuesday. This was the first practice he’s missed in training camp, and it is not known why he missed it.
Backup quarterback Josh Johnson struggled today. He played with the second team offense and mostly faced the first team defense. His passes sailed high, he threw a lot of incompletions and two interceptions – one to Carlos Rogers and the other to Donte Whitner.
Alex Smith had an efficient practice as he usually does, completing short pass after short pass. He even ran for a touchdown on a fourth and goal from the five yard line late in practice.
But his last play of the afternoon was not-so-good. It was fourth and ten. If the offense didn’t convert, the game was over and they lost the drill.
Smith dropped back and had great protection, but he immediately threw to his check down receiver – Brett Swain – and he only gained five yards. The offense lost. Smith never looked past his shortest route on the final fourth and ten of the game.