Iupati moves slowly during return to limited work

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Iupati moves slowly during return to limited work
December 12, 2013, 6:30 am
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Mike Iupati sustained a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Nov. 17 against the Saints. (AP)

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SANTA CLARA – Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati was back on the practice field Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Nov. 17.

Iupati took part in limited work during practice while wearing a brace on his knee. He was still clearly feeling the effects of the knee injury and appeared to be moving gingerly. Iupati is likely to be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Adam Snyder, who started the past three games in place of Iupati, did not take part in practice. Snyder’s absence was labeled “not injury related.” Joe Looney and Daniel Kilgore took most of the practice repetitions.

On Tuesday, newly acquired guard Ryan Seymour took part in his first full practice with the 49ers. Seymour was signed off the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad on Tuesday. The 49ers added Seymour to the 53-man roster after the club placed defensive lineman Tank Carradine on injured reserve.

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“(It was) something that our team thought was in our best interest,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Our organization, scouting department had their eye on this youngster and just felt like this was the time to add him to our roster.”

Seymour was a seventh-round pick of the Seahawks. Harbaugh said the idea of gaining intelligence from Seattle was “overblown.” The 49ers defeated the NFC West-leading Seahawks 19-17 on Sunday.

“As you noticed we picked him up after the game,” Harbaugh said.

Defensive linemen Justin Smith (shoulder) and Ray McDonald (ankle) had their usual Wednesdays off from practice.

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree appeared on the injury report for the first time since his return with a mild ankle sprain. Crabtree and running back Frank Gore (ankle) were limited in practice.

Cornerback Tarell Brown, who sustained internal ribs injuries on Nov. 17 against the Saints, continued to practice on a limited basis. But he cleared one hurdle, as he was no longer outfitted with a blue jersey, which signifies that player is off-limits for contact.

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49ers practice report
Wednesday
Did not practice
DT Ray McDonald (ankle), DT Justin Smith (shoulder), G Adam Snyder (not injury related)
Limited participation
CB Tarell Brown (ribs), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), S Craig Dahl (ankle), RB Frank Gore (ankle), G Mike Iupati (knee), WR Mario Manningham (knee), TE Vance McDonald (ankle), LB Dan Skuta (foot)
Full participation
LB Aldon Smith (shoulder), T Joe Staley (knee)

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Buccaneers practice report
Wednesday
Did not participate in practice
DE Da'Quan Bowers (knee), WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), G Davin Joseph (knee, shoulder), G Carl Nicks (foot), C Jeremy Zuttah (shoulder)
Full participation
LB Lavonte David (back), DE William Gholston (head), DT Gary Gibson (calf), DT Akeem Spence (wrist)