Aldon Smith left the stadium on two canes, but Jim Harbaugh says the team dodged a bullet, which is more than the Vikings could avoid in the 49ers' preseason opening victory.
Jim Harbaugh went into the 49ers' preseason opener with an idea of how much his starters would play. Here's who got the snaps.
Aldon Smith was forced to leave the 49ers' first preseason game after he landed square on his right side and suffered what the team is calling a bruised hip.
The 49ers scored quickly and impressively on their second drive. But the Vikings' second drive, they lost a key cog to a hip bruise.
The 49ers got their preseason started right with an 84-yard drive capped off by a Brett Swain touchdown, a good sign for the first-team offense.
Justin Smith is among the handful of 49ers not in uniform for their preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
As he begins his second NFL season, the 49ers still do not know what they have in their backup quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
There is more pressure on Kyle Williams than any other player. It does not matter that it's just an exhibition game tonight, and it will not be easy.
One day, Demarcus Dobbs lines up along the defensive line. The next day, he takes his practice snaps at tight end. This is not a gimmick, either.
Cornerback Perrish Cox will likely get into the action tonight as part of the 49ers' third defense. Insider Matt Maiocco expects a strong performance.
Alex Boone has never played right guard ever, and tonight will be his first chance to showcase his play against an unfamiliar opponent.
Michael Crabtree will play in his first ever preseason game Friday; Jim Harbaugh lays out the plan for his receiving corps against Vikings.
The 49ers have a number of players who ran a sub-4.4 40-yard dash during their respective pre-draft workouts. And with the amount of speed on the team, it would make for some good Olympic competition.
A scuffle during training camp between receiver Kyle Williams and rookie Deante' Purvis causes Harbaugh to intervene. Williams continued to have an off day.
Rookie A.J. Jenkins didn't exactly get off to a running start in 49ers training camp. After some initial bumps in the road, Jenkins is now gaining the confidence needed to showcase his skills.