Three and Out: Two receivers added; Can Asomugha still play?; Gore's expanded role
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha warms up during 49ers' training camp on Friday in Santa Clara. (AP)
Practice summary: The 49ers were down another wide receiver in Friday's practice but they added two veterans to the competition.
Ricardo Lockette, who made it through three practices this week with a right hip-pointer, did not suit up for practice. Six wide receivers on the 49ers' 90-man camp roster were unavailable to practice. And a seventh, rookie Quinton Patton, is instructed not to catch passes because of an injured middle finger on his left hand.
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But the 49ers got about a dozen repetitions apiece from newcomers Lavelle Hawkins and Austin Collie, whom the 49ers signed to one-year contracts just prior to practice. Hawkins and Collie took part in a workout Friday and were signed to contracts. Laurent Robinson also took part in the workout but was sent home without an offer.
Hawkins and Collie caught one short pass apiece in 11-on-11 drills. Hawkins was also the target of a deep ball, which he caught out of bounds.
Prior to practice Friday, coach Jim Harbaugh said he expects to get some of his wide receivers back for Sunday's practice. Kyle Williams has missed five practices, while A.J. Jenkins and Kassim Osgood missed the past four practices. Each has missed time with groin strains.
The 49ers had one injury scare in practice when left guard Mike Iupati got rolled up in a pile during an inside running play. Iupati remained on the ground with an apparent left knee injury. An athletic trainer evaluated him on the sideline, and he returned to action shortly thereafter.
Defensive lineman Justin Smith did not practice, as the middle finger on his right hand was wrapped in tape. Running back Frank Gore and cornerback Tarell Brown both went through warmups but did not take part in any 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills. Neither is expected to miss much practice time. With Brown out, Nnamdi Asomugha got the action at right cornerback in place of Brown.
Offensive play of the day: There were not a whole lot of offensive fireworks, but Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis teamed up for several downfield plays. Late in practice, Davis ran a deep seam route and Kaepernick squeezed in his thrown against the coverage of safety Michael Thomas.
Defensive play of the day: For the first time during training camp, Davis had a cornerback matched against him as he lined up wide. Davis was on the left side of the formation with Perrish Cox in man coverage. Davis ran a go route and Cox ran stride for stride with him every step of the way. Kaepernick's pass was on target but Cox stuck his hand in at the last instance to swat the ball away.
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Other highlights: Asomugha nearly had an interception but he dropped a Colin Kaepernick pass after breaking cleanly on pass intended for Marlon Moore. . . CB Tramaine Brock had the only interception of the day, as he picked off a Colt McCoy pass intended for running back Anthony Dixon down the left sideline. . . C.J. Spillman broke up a Kaepernick pass in the end zone for Davis. . . Craig Dahl batted away a deep B.J. Daniels pass intended for WR Chuck Jacobs. . . . Dan Skuta, lining up at right outside linebacker, got around LT Kenny Wiggins for a third-down touch-sack of Scott Tolzien.
Rookie report: FS Eric Reid got caught up in a play fake in a red-zone situation and left Davis all alone for an easy 3-yard touchdown pass from Kaepernick. Two plays later, he made a big hit to stand up RB Jewel Hampton at the line of scrimmage. Reid also had good coverage against TE Vance McDonald on a deep crossing pattern to break up the pass. But then he appeared to be responsible on a mix-up in the secondary that enabled rookie TE MarQueis Gray all alone for an 11-yard scoring pass from Tolzien. . . Third-round draft pick OLB Corey Lemonier leveled Hampton who was losing his footing after he came through the line on an inside running play. . . Nick Moody got first-team reps, alongside Michael Wilhoite, at inside linebacker with Patrick Willis (broken hand) and NaVorro Bowman (groin) out with injuries.
Referee reunion: Garth DeFelice, the NFL official who Justin Smith made contact with in a 2010 game in San Diego that resulted in his first-quarter ejection, spent this week along with three other officials at 49ers practices. DeFelice said he and Smith have spoken. DeFelice said during a practice this week, a penalty was called on Smith for being in the neutral zone. "We were joking and he says, 'Well, you can't throw me out of practice,'" DeFelice said. "He's a class guy. He does a great job. He's a heck of a defensive lineman."
On the sideline: In addition to Gore, Justin Smith, Brown, Willis, Bowman, Lockette, Jenkins, Williams and Osgood, OLB Aldon Smith and C Jonathan Goodwin did not suit up for practice for unspecified reasons.
CB Chris Culliver is out for the season with a torn left ACL. Culliver will remain on the 90-man roster until the final cuts, at which point he can be placed in injured reserve.
WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles), RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles), WR Mario Manningham (knee) are on the active PUP list. RB Marcus Lattimore (knee), DE Tank Carradine (knee), DT Quinton Dial (toe) and OT Luke Marquardt (foot) are on the active non-football injury list.
Roster moves: The 49ers waived C Sherman Carter and P Colton Schmidt, both undrafted rookies, to make room on the team's roster for Hawkins and Collie.
Day off: The 49ers do not practice on Saturday -- their second day off of training camp. The club will return Sunday and practice every day leading up to their exhibition opener, Thursday at Candlestick Park against the Denver Broncos.
Quote of the day: "I think he's got a lot of good tools in his toolbox. He just isn't a union carpenter, yet. I do think he has physical ability. If he can figure out the game, figure out how to play the game, just all of the normal things that every rookie goes through. . . Eventually, he might get his union card."
--49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Moody