49ers camp summary (730): Crabtree still sidelined


49ers camp summary (730): Crabtree still sidelined

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.

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.

The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported. The actual contract terms and amount of fully guaranteed money is expected to be less than the reported figures.

McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career. Vance is a tremendous ambassador for the 49ers, and his passion for helping others provides a wonderful example for this organization. We look forward to his continued contributions to this organization, both on and off the field.”

McDonald is in the final season of his original four-year, $3.99 million contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns.

McDonald spoke last week about the greater chances he's gotten to prove himself since the 49ers traded Vernon Davis last season.

“I just always look back at the opportunity when Vernon went to (Denver),” McDonald said. “Just being able to have the trust and the opportunity to start games and play every down.”

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”



Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced on Friday.

Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (153) rank ahead of him on the list. Staley has not missed a game since the beginning of the 2011 season.

Coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his weekly show on KNBR that the 49ers have two more days of training “and then we’ll see what Joe’s status is going into the game on Sunday.”

Kelly added, “That’s kind of what we normally do with everybody. The best thing to say with Joe is he’s day-to-day. We’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field.”

With Staley not expected to play, the 49ers will likely shift left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle. Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games of the season at right guard, would likely start at left guard.

The 49ers expect outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to return to action on Sunday after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain, Kelly said on KNBR. Lynch is listed as questionable, along with defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who has a left elbow injury

The Jets will be without at least one starter. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was ruled out due to injuries. Brent Qvale, a third-year player from Nebraska, is scheduled to make his fifth NFL start.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

T Joe Staley (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)

RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)