Summary: Receiver Michael Crabtree, who sat out the final 20 minutes of practice Friday with an apparent right ankle injury, was held out of Saturday's work. His injury is not believed to be serious, but it is not known when he is expected back on the practice field. Crabtree did not take part in any portion of practice.
In Crabtree's absence, rookie receiver A.J. Jenkins had a busy day. During the 11-on-11 session, Jenkins made three catches, including a nice grab to end practice. On a previous play, Jenkins failed to hang onto a Scott Tolzien throw that was behind him. But Jenkins made the catch in traffic a short time later on a dart from second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Injury report: Crabtree did not take part in any portion of practice. Team spokesman Bob Lange, apparently relaying word from coach Jim Harbaugh, acknowledged Crabtree "is working through something." . . . Linebacker Tavares Gooden left practice an hour early with a member of the team's training staff. Gooden did not appear to be injured . . . Guard Joe Looney (foot) and running back Jewel Hampton are on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Eye on reps: Will Tukuafu spent the practice at fullback, while Demarcus Dobbs returned to the defensive line after spending the first practice at tight end.
Notable: Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Josh Johnson threw the ball more accurately than the previous day. Receivers Ted Ginn, Kyle Williams and Nathan Palmer made nice catches. Receivers Randy Moss and Brett Swain, and tight end Nate Byham dropped passes. Defensive backs Donte Whitner and Tarell Browm broke up pass attempts.
Quotable: "It'll be pretty easy for all of you to pick out 40 guys that make this team. It's that last five that are hard decisions. And then it becomes the factor of the numbers at other positions. Last year, we kept seven (defensive linemen) because we had seven that we liked and we didn't want to expose any of them to the waiver system. We had two young guys in Dobbs and (Ian) Williams that we felt if we didn't keep we might lose them. So, that was part of the thought process there to keeping seven." --49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Next practice: The 49ers return the practice field Sunday for their first full-squad workout with pads. The 49ers are scheduled to practice from 2:30 to 5:10 p.m. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.
ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.
Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.
It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.
Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.
Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.
After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.
Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.
The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.
The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.
“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.
“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”
Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.
The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.