49ers camp summary (815): Up-and-down day for QB Johnson

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49ers camp summary (815): Up-and-down day for QB Johnson

Summary: The 49ers held a 2 12-hour practice Wednesday that featured some live tackling involving the third-stringers. A 10-play stretch featured plenty of miscues on both sides of the ball.Safety Colin Jones will never see an easier chance for an interception, as quarterback Josh Johnson overshot receiver Brian Tyms on a deep crossing route. But Jones failed to make the interception on a ball that hit him squarely in the hands. The voice of one wag could be heard above all the others: "That was the girl you never asked out." The offense had back-to-back false-start penalties, prompting the offending players to be removed from the huddle. Tyms and center Jason Slowey committed the infractions, and they were quickly replaced by Ben Hannula and Chase Beeler.That was fortunate for Hannula, who three plays later turned in a nifty run after the catch in which it seemed as if just about every player on defense had a chance but failed to tackle him. Cornerback Deante' Purvis was the first to whiff along the sideline.In addition to the one near-interception, Johnson was responsible for the only two picks of practice. He underthrew A.J. Jenkins on a deep route, allowing undrafted rookie Anthony Mosley to make the pick. Jenkins did not make much of an effort to break up the pass. And safety Darcel McBath intercepted Johnson's attempt to tight end Garrett Celek near the end of the workout.Johnson also made two of the better throws of the day. He lofted a touchdown pass to Nathan Palmer in the corner of the end zone during a 7-on-7 drill. And late in practice, he dropped in a beautiful 25-yard pass on a corner route to Chris Owusu just beyond cornerback Tarell Brown and safety Dashon Goldson.Quarterback Alex Smith and the first-team offense did not click as well as in Tuesday's practice, but he still completed nearly 65-percent of his pass attempts during the 7-on-7 and team periods. Smith's best play came when he found Vernon Davis on a deep route against safeties Trenton Robinson and McBath.Injury report: Cornerback Perrish Cox was absent with an undisclosed injury. It was his first missed practice of training camp. . . Tight end Nate Byham sat out his sixth practice of camp after spending last season on injured reserve after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. The 49ers are keeping the severity of Byham's injury under wraps. . . Outside linebacker Aldon Smith missed his fourth practice with a right hip bruise. Smith sustained the injury in the first quarter of the 49ers' exhibition opener against the Minnesota Vikings. . . Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks and tight end Delanie Walker (right knee) missed their third consecutive practice. Brooks has general soreness from training camp, a source said. Walker walked out to the practice field to watch the last portion of practice with no noticeable limp. . . Rookie linebacker Cam Johnson might also be out a while. He missed his fourth consecutive practice. He underwent offseason knee surgery but passed the team's physical at the beginning of camp. . . Running back Jewel Hampton (left foot) is on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (left knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.Returning to work: Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga returned to full practice after sitting out two days of practices. Cornerback Tramaine Brock was back at work after missing one practice.
Offensive play of the day: Receiver Mario Manningham, one of several veteran players coach Jim Harbaugh held out of the exhibition opener, is coming on strong this week. He made a remarkable catch on a deep-in route. And while Purvis held Manningham's left arm, Manningham reached out with his right hand to make a one-handed grab of a bullet thrown by backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick.Eye on reps: Demarcus Dobbs played on both sides of the ball. He recorded one sack at defensive line and also caught a short pass from Scott Tolzien on a crossing route.Transaction report: The 49ers signed veteran Ikaika Alama-Francis to assist the team's depleted group of outside linebacker. The 49ers waived tight end Gijon Robinson.Tying up loose ends: Michael Crabtree said he keeps a running tab of his daily matchups against cornerback Carlos Rogers. Crabtree had a quiet practice, but he got the upper hand on Rogers during a one-on-one drill with a reception against tight coverage.Notable: Fifty members of the The Faithfulistas, the new official 49ers female club, attended the evening practice. Membership includes 49ers apparel, e-newsletters and special invitations to VIP 49ers events.Next practice: The 49ers return to practice Thursday from 2 to 4:25 p.m. The 49ers will break camp after their "mock game" practice on Friday.

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.

The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.

In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology

The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

On the same day the FBI director announced members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are under investigation for colluding with Russia to influence the election, Trump turned his thoughts to Colin Kaepernick’s status as an NFL free agent.

And Jim Harbaugh, appearing on Pro Football Talk, suggested teams that are not showing interest in Kaepernick are making a mistake.

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said Tuesday morning.

“He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”

On Monday evening, during a rally in Kentucky, Trump made remarks about Kaepernick. In the lead-up to the November election, Kaepernick called Trump “openly racist” and said he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, either.

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback? I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,” Trump said.

“There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported an AFC general manager told him there were three reasons Kaepernick has not signed. Some believe, according to the anonymous source, that Kaepernick can no longer play at a high level. Others “genuinely hate him” for kneeling during the national anthem as part of his protest of racial inequality in America.

And, “some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him,” according to the report. “They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

Kaepernick’s teammates voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award for courage and inspiration last season. It is historically the most prestigious award among 49ers players. But the 49ers have already signed veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

General manager John Lynch acknowledged last week on KNBR the odds of the 49ers bringing back Kaepernick are slim.

“I think the likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly. But we’re not going to close our mind or out options on anyone, including him,” Lynch said.

Even though there has been no reported interest in Kaepernick from any team around the league, Lynch said Kaepernick nearly signed with a team earlier during the free-agent signing period.

“I don’t know what happened to that market,” Lynch said. “He was, in everyone’s mind in this league, very close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number. And it fell through, apparently.”