49ers camp summary (730): Crabtree still sidelined

July 31, 2012, 12:35 am
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Summary: The 49ers were missing three wide receivers for team drills Monday with Michael Crabtree sitting out his third full day of work with lower right leg injury. Also, Mario Manningham did not participate during most of practice after taking part in individual work. Manningham remained on the field to watch practice. His condition was unknown. And Joe Hastings, who appeared to sustain a right leg injury Sunday, did not practice, either. Randy Moss made two nice catches during team drills. He made a lunging catch near the sideline against cornerback Carlos Rogers, managing to get both feet inbounds before tumbling to the ground. He also went up to catch a pass from Alex Smith late in the workout. Linebacker Patrick Willis had the top defensive play of the day when he stripped tight end Vernon Davis after a catch during teamwork. Safety Dashon Goldson scooped up the loose ball and took it the other way. Earlier, Willis had an interception of a Scott Tolzien pass on a ball that deflected off rookie tight end Garrett Celek.
Notable: Quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst gathered the four quarterbacks for an accuracy contest while the rest of the team was working on special teams. Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien took turns trying to hit small square holes in a net from about 15 yards away. Kaepernick had the best round of the group.
Quotable: "I'm the best, dog" -- 49ers running back Frank Gore to a couple of reporters on his return to the huddle after busting through the line and taking the ball about 60 yards into the end zone.
Eye on reps: Coach Jim Harbaugh said running back Anthony Dixon has asked to play fullback. But Dixon has not been seen taking any reps at fullback during camp. Dixon struggled during a blitz pickup drill against linebacker Larry Grant.
Extra work: Rookie running back LaMichael James spent time before practice with special-teams coordinator Brad Seely working on catching punts. James had his back turned to the Jugs machine about 40 yards down the field. When the ball was in the air, James had to locate it and make the catch.
Getting physical: Linebacker NaVorro Bowman couldn't help himself. The All-Pro linebacker leveled James during a blitz pickup drill. Later, he flattened Kendall Hunter after Hunter caught a short pass from Tolzien. While there is contact during the padded practices, the coaches do not want to see players hitting the ground.
Two-way wonders: Demarcus Dobbs and Ben Hannula, both of whom came to the 49ers as defensive players, had good days as pass-catchers on offense. Dobbs, who rotates between practices at defensive end and tight end, made a nice catch of a high pass from Alex Smith against Bowman's coverage during team drills. Hannula, who has played exclusive at wide receiver after signing as a defensive back, held onto a pass that was partially deflected by cornerback Tarell Brown.
Injury report: Crabtree missed his third day of practice with a right lower leg injury. . . . Hastings and cornerback Curtis Holcomb did not practice for undisclosed reasons. . . Linebacker Tavares Gooden returned to practice for the first time since exiting practice Saturday with an apparent illness. . . Manningham was on the practice field but he did not participate in team drills. . . . Guard Joe Looney (foot) and running back Jewel Hampton (lower leg) are 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 their first day off of training camp on Tuesday. The team returns to work Wednesday in full pads. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.