49ers camp summary (88): Williams scuffles

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49ers camp summary (88): Williams scuffles

Summary: In the final full practice before their exhibition opener, the 49ers did some game-planning work to face the Minnesota Vikings. The team practiced for 2 hours, 15 minutes wearing helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.
Running back LaMichael James returned after missing Tuesday's practice due to an illness. He and Kendall Hunter got a lot of work, as the 49ers spent a good portion of the day working on the run game.Cornerback Curtis Holcomb and offensive lineman Jason Slowey returned to practice. Holcomb missed seven practices with an undisclosed injury. He made a nice play in a red-zone drill inside the 5-yard line when he saved a touchdown by pushing Delanie Walker out of bounds before the pylon. Slowey sat out three practices.VIDEO: Matt and Mindi -- 49ers prepare for first preseason game
Penalty box: Receiver Kyle Williams was pulled from practice late after he scuffled with undrafted rookie cornerback Deante' Purvis following Williams' reception. The entire episode, including an apparent Williams headbutt, lasted about three seconds.Coach Jim Harbaugh deemed Williams as the instigator, and appeared to angrily order Williams off the field. But Williams and Harbaugh spoke, and Williams ended up taking a knee next to Dashon Goldson on the sideline for several minutes.After practice, Harbaugh and Williams had a brief talk. It's the second time in training camp that Harbaugh has rebuked a player for his on-field actions. Early in camp, he ordered receiver Brian Tyms off the field. It was a rough day for Williams, who earlier in the practice dropped two passes.Offensive play of the day: Since the beginning of training camp, Randy Moss has not seen a lot of action come his way during practices. During an 11-on-11 red-zone session, he made a leaping catch of a Colin Kaepernick fade route for a 7-yard touchdown against the coverage of undrafted rookie Anthony Mosley.Defensive play of the day: Linebackers coach Jim Leavitt paces the linebackers through catching drills before every practice. Patrick Willis got in a little extra work with a diving interception in the end zone in an 11-on-11 drill. Josh Johnson rolled right and tried to LaMichael James on a pass at the goal line. The ball deflected off James and fluttered into the air, giving Willis the chance to make the sprawling grab.Notable: Defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs was issued No. 96 last season, when he made the team as an undrafted free agent. But Dobbs is now wearing No. 40, so he does not have to report every play when he's on the field as a tight end. Dobbs is turning into a legitimate two-way player. On Wednesday, Dobbs caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith.Touchdownsinterceptions: Receiver Ben Hannula had a good day that included a 17-yard TD catch from Kaepernick. . . . Reserve tight end Kyle Nelson hauled in a leaping scoring grab from Scott Tolzien. . . In a game-plan portion, Goldson intercepted a Tolzien pass intended for rookie Nathan Palmer.Injury report: Receiver Joe Hastings (right leg) missed his eighth practice in a row. Running back Jewel Hampton (foot) is on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.Next practice: The 49ers have a 90-minute "mock game" scheduled for Thursday. The 49ers open the exhibition season Friday against the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.

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.”