James returns to 49ers practice

August 21, 2012, 10:39 pm
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SANTA CLARA -- Running back LaMichael James returned to full pads Tuesday, a quick recovery from a left ankle sprain he sustained late in the 49ers' exhibition game Saturday in Houston.After X-rays came back negative, James vowed to return to practice on Monday. As it turned out, he was off by just one day.James said he tweaked his left ankle in the 49ers' exhibition opener Aug. 10. On Saturday, he sustained a sprain while in pass protection against the Houston Texans.
Tackle Mike Person and putside linebacker Kourtnei Brown rehabbed Tuesday injuries on a side field. Running back Brandon Jacobs, expected to miss a couple weeks with a left knee injury, and third cornerback Chris Culliver were not at practice, either.Only the first 30 minutes of practice, stretching and individual drills, are open to the media.Outside linebacker Aldon Smith was back at practice for a second day in a row since he sustained a right hip bruise in the exhibition opener. Although he appeared to be moving better Tuesday than the day before, his mobility is still nowhere near 100 percent.