Day 4, practice 6: Linemen injured Offensive guard David Baas and defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer sustained injuries that knocked them out of practice this morning.
Day 3, practice 5: QBs hit the mark Here is one clear observation through the first five 49ers practices of training camp: The team’s passing game is far ahead of where it was a year ago at this time.
Patrick Willis sat out practice with a right ankle strain, according to the team. It’s not a sprain – it’s a strain, which means it’s an injury to a muscle. Sprain is a ligament issue, so I believe this is good – and not a big deal.
The windy was gusting on the 49ers’ practice field, and that made it difficult for the quarterbacks to get the ball down the field today.
Quarterback Alex Smith heard cheers from the crowd in the 49ers’ afternoon practice, as he looked particularly sharp in the team’s 11-on-11 drills.
Here’s a rundown of the action during Saturday’s morning practice at 49ers training camp:
The 49ers did not ease into Camp Singletary. Nope, it opened with a drill called the “nutcracker.” And probably don’t need to know a lot more than that.
The problem with Alex Smith winning the starting QB job out of training camp became apparent on his first throw of 11-on-11 drills at training camp this morning.
**Updates with new player signed.** It’s the eve of the first practice of training camp, and you can bet the players are eager to get on the field and hit somebody. (And they’ll get plenty of chances in the next few weeks.)
***Includes roster addition*** The 49ers veterans have been reporting all day, and they’ve taken a look at the practice schedule. And their jaws have dropped.
The Raiders have signed Darrius Heyward-Bey, the top receiver chosen in the draft, to a contract. That means the 49ers’ deal for Michael Crabtree can’t be far behind, right?
After countless hours of research, it has been revealed that not once was the word “diva” used to describe former 49ers first-round draft picks Jimmy Webb or Ted Kwalick.
The 49ers placed cornerback Walt Harris on injured reserve today, officially ending his season before it ever started.
Niners coach Mike Singletary can relate to what’s happening with Michael Crabtree, the 49ers’ first-round pick who remains unsigned.
The 49ers’ rookies, quarterbacks and veterans rebounding from injuries are scheduled to begin trickling into the team’s training camp headquarters later today. Receiver Michael Crabtree is the only rookie who does not yet have a signed contract.
The 49ers have averaged a tad more than six victories a season over the past three years. Are the 2009 Niners a 6-10 team? Or is this the year they finally bust over the .500 mark with a 10-6 record?
Niners rookies are scheduled to report in eight days, but the 49ers have a built-in cushion. Sure, they’d like to get everybody signed for the July 28 reporting date, but their first practice is scheduled four days later, Aug. 1.
If you want to see the 49ers practice during training camp, we have two words that might be helpful: Good luck. The 49ers have announced only four practices this summer will be open to the general public. (The 49ers and their South Bay media partner, the San Jose Mercury News, have devised a system for allocating the tickets to the four practice sessions. Click here for all the information.) …