49ers camp summary (86): Kaepernick shows flashes


49ers camp summary (86): Kaepernick shows flashes

Summary: Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers' second-team offense on a two-minute touchdown drive against the No. 2 defense with a combination of his arm and legs.

He dropped in a nice 30-yard pass to tight end Delanie Walker, who beat the coverage of safety Trenton Robinson. Then, Kaepernick ran it into the end zone from 15 yards out on a read-option play.

It was an up-and-down day for Kaepernick, whom cornerback Tramaine Brock intercepted in the red zone. At one point late in practice, Kaepernick badly misfired to a wide-open Brett Swain down the middle of the field, who had several steps on safety Mark LeGree.

But on the very next play, Kaepernick's throw 20 yards down the field was on target to tight end Konrad Reuland. Kaepernick has maintained the lead for the No. 2 job behind starter Alex Smith. Veteran Josh Johnson has not closed the gap with some inconsistent play of his own. Johnson threw an interception to Chris Culliver. Alex Smith also threw an interception, as Perrish Cox picked off a ball intended for Randy Moss.

Injury report: Receiver Michael Crabtree (right leg) went through individual drills for the first time since he was injured July 27. He did not take part in one-on-one or team drills.

Offensive lineman Jason Slowey sat out his second practice with an undisclosed injury.

Safety Dashon Goldson sustained a foot injury when he was cleated during warmup drills. He was held out of practice, but should return as early as Tuesday.

C.J. Spillman filled in for Goldson with the first-team defense.

Receiver Joe Hastings (right leg) and cornerback Curtis Holcomb also did not participate.

Running back Jewel Hampton (foot) is on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Offensive play of the day: Alex Smith lofted a nicely thrown 35-yard pass to Vernon Davis, who made an over-the-shoulder catch against rookie cornerback Deante' Purvis.

Defensive plays of the day:Outside linebacker Aldon Smith recorded would-be sacks on back-to-back plays against the first-team offense in a four-minute drill. Smith beat right tackle Anthony Davis for a sack on one play. He then chased down Alex Smith, who was rolling out on a third-and-12 play on the next snap.

Eye on reps: Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who played 42 offensive snaps from scrimmage last season, was spotted for the first time on the other side of the ball. He motioned out of the backfield to catch a short touchdown pass from Alex Smith.

Rookie report: In a four-minute drill, which is designed to run out the clock, first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins came up with a nice catch of a Kaepernick pass at the sideline against tight coverage of Deante' Purvis. The 49ers needed 5 yards on a third-down play.

The play netted 6 yards. The 49ers went into their "victory formation" for the next two plays to run out the clock.

Notable: Cornerback Cory Nelms was allowed to leave practice to watch his girlfriend, T'erea Brown, qualify for the finals of the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympics.

Quotable: "Kendall Hunter is having an exceptional offseason and exceptional camp. Ahmad Brooks has been fantastic all offseason, all camp. . . I don't know if he (Brooks) doubled, tripled or quadrupled his salary, but this is the best shape he's been in. People say it's the best offseason he's had. I think that speaks volumes about a guy, a person. Some people tend to go the other way when money enters the picture like that. I've been real impressed" -- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

Next practice: The 49ers return to practice Tuesday from 2:30 to 5:10 p.m. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.

Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow


Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Quinton Dial was held out of practice Wednesday due to an elbow that places his availability in question for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New York Jets.

Dial returned to action on Sunday against the Chicago Bears after missing the previous game with neck and knee issues. Newly acquired defensive lineman Chris Jones started the past two games in place of Dial.

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch continues to be hobbled with a high-ankle sprain. He has missed the past five games with the injury. Lynch took part in limited practice on Wednesday

Did not practice
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
C Nick Mangold (ankle)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
LB Julian Stanford (ankle)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
Full participation
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Marshall: Fuzzy memory of first meeting with Ward due to painkillers


Marshall: Fuzzy memory of first meeting with Ward due to painkillers

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Brandon Marshall supplied 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward with the first learning experience of his NFL career early in his rookie season.

Ward has a vivid memory of the game – just his second in the NFL – and the three touchdowns passes Marshall caught on him to lead the Chicago Bears to a 28-20 victory over the 49ers in the first regular-season game played at Levi’s Stadium.

But Marshall, now a member of the New York Jets, admitted Wednesday to having a fuzzy recollection of that game due to painkillers he was prescribed in order to play in the game. Marshall, an 11-year NFL veteran, was in his third and final season with the Bears.

“Well, I don’t really remember much about that game because, uh, I worked really hard to get back from a high-ankle (sprain) . . . I don’t want to go there,” Marshall said, beginning to laugh on a conference call with Bay Area reporters.

“I’ll say it: I took a couple pain pills, so . . . I took a couple of pain pills to mask the pain. I really wasn’t supposed to play. I came back from a high ankle, you know, within 10 days. I was supposed to be out four-to-six weeks. So I don’t remember much from that game. I just remember catching those balls. That was pretty much it.”

Marshall was listed as questionable for the game. On the day of the game, ESPN reported, citing a source, that there was a "75 percent" chance neither Marshall nor Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) would play. Both receivers played in the game.

Marshall had five receptions for 48 yards with touchdown catches of 17, 5 and 3 yards while being matched in the slot against Ward, the 49ers’ first-round pick in that year’s draft. That game served as a study guide for Ward.

“Yeah, I watched it a lot,” Ward said. “It was my welcome-to-the-NFL game. Just looking forward to going against Brandon Marshall for the second time in my career.”

Ward will undoubtedly see plenty of Marshall on Sunday when the 49ers face the Jets on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. Marshall may not remember much from facing Ward two seasons ago, but he said he has been impressed with what he sees on film.

“I think he’s really tough,” Marshall said. “He’s tough and he’s crafty and savvy. This is a guy that seems to really study the game and understands his opponent. If you go out there and give him the same release two or three times in a row, nine times out of 10, he’s going to get the best of you. We have to do a better job than him this week of studying film and trying to outwork him mentally.”

Marshall’s revelation that his memory of the 2014 game against the 49ers is clouded due to the use of painkillers comes at a time when Warriors coach Steve Kerr last week said on the Warriors Insider Podcast that he tried marijuana in hopes it would provide relief during the back issues that forced him to take a leave of absence of nearly four months.

“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr told CSN Bay Area’s Monte Poole. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal.”

When asked for his stance on whether the NFL should reconsider its position to include marijuana as a banned substance, Marshall received some direction from a Jets public-relations employee who could be heard in the background of the call saying that Marshall “knows better than that.”

But Marshall answered the question, saying that he wants to learn more about the subject.

“I do not have a stance on that," Marshall said. "That is something that I actually want to research more this offseason when I have time. I’m not a guy that knows about the benefits of what it can do for pain and other things. But I’d like to hear others’ opinions and really research the effects it can have on us -- positives and negatives.”