Kaepernick plays two series vs. Broncos in Levi's opener

Kaepernick plays two series vs. Broncos in Levi's opener
August 17, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers' No. 1 offense picked up five first downs over two series, but did not register any points. (AP)

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SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick played 16 snaps, covering two offensive possessions, in the 49ers’ second exhibition game of the summer.

Kaepernick completed 5 of 9 pass attempts for 39 yards as the 49ers opened Levi’s Stadium on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

The 49ers picked up five first downs while their No. 1 offense was on the field, but did not manage any points. Kicker Phil Dawson missed badly on a 55-yard field goal attempt at the conclusion of the 49ers’ first drive.

Kaepernick’s best pass might have been one that landed incomplete. Kaepernick stood in the pocket a delivered a pass down the field for Brandon Lloyd. But Lloyd, who was covered by Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, did not fully extend for the pass.

Backup Blaine Gabbert replaced Kaepernick at the beginning of the second quarter.

Running back Frank Gore started and carried twice for 12 yards before getting replaced by rookie Carlos Hyde.

On defense, the 49ers did not start their regular defensive line. Justin Smith, Ian Williams and Ray McDonald returned to practice this week, but they did not suit up for the game.

49ERS LINEUP
OFFENSE
Wide receiver: Anquan Boldin
Left tackle: Joe Staley
Left guard: Mike Iupati
Center: Daniel Kilgore
Right guard: Joe Looney
Right tackle: Jonathan Martin
Tight end: Vernon Davis
Wide receiver: Michael Crabtree
Fullback: Bruce Miller
Running back: Frank Gore
Quarterback: Colin Kaepernick

DEFENSE
Left defensive tackle: Tony Jerod-Eddie
Nose tackle: Mike Purcell
Right defensive tackle: Demarcus Dobbs
Outside linebacker: Ahmad Brooks
Inside linebacker: Michael Wilhoite
Inside linebacker: Chris Borland
Outside linebacker: Aldon Smith
Left cornerback: Perrish Cox
Right cornerback: Chris Culliver
Free safety: Eric Reid
Strong safety: Antoine Bethea

Did not play: DT Justin Smith (shoulder), NT Ian Williams (lower leg), DT Ray McDonald (biceps), LB Patrick Willis (NA), NT Glenn Dorsey (biceps), CB Tramaine Brock (ankle), RB LaMichael James (elbow), OT Anthony Davis (shoulder).
Physically unable to perform: LB NaVorro Bowman (knee), TE Garrett Celek (back), DL Kaleb Ramsey (NA).
Non-football injury: RB Marcus Lattimore (knee/hamstring), FB Trey Millard (knee), CB Keith Reaser (knee) and G Brandon Thomas (knee).
Reserve/did not report: RG Alex Boone (contract holdout).

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