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Justin Smith was not suited up to take part in practice as the team went through stretching drills prior to Thursday's afternoon workout. Michael Crabtree will miss his fifth consecutive practice with a right leg injury.

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LaMichael James, the 49ers' second-round draft pick, never entered a huddle during his college career. The Oregon offense received play calls from hand signals. It is taking some getting used to.

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Colin Kaepernick could be playing second fiddle for a long while and may even have to fight Josh Johnson to keep his back-up spot. Matt Maiocco answers all your questions in this 49ers Mailbag.

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In this edition of Matt and Mindi presented by Massage Envy, they discuss how an absent Michael Crabtree could hamper the team's offensive output.

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Kyle Williams drew attention when he shared a coaching moment with rookie A.J. Jenkins. It wasn't the only highlight at training camp Wednesday.

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Alex Boone is learning a new position, and he's enlisting the help of his competition to get better. How is it going? There's not a doubt in Boone's mind.

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High expectations from the media and 49ers fans for the 2012 season mean nothing to Donte Whitner. "We're too focused on the process."

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C.J. Spillman is the overwhelming favorite to enter the season as the No. 3 safety after running with the starting unit for the entire offseason while Dashon Goldson declined to sign his franchise tender.

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Joe Looney has yet to take part in any 49ers practices. But that will change now that the rookie guard has been cleared after offseason surgery.

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Michael Crabtree sat out his third full day of work with a lower right leg injury and wasn't the only wide receiver to miss team drills. 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco has all the details from camp in Santa Clara.

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One of the knocks on Anthony Dixon in previous seasons was his reluctance to use his 235-pound body to his advantage. But Dixon is apparently willing to prove he can be physical.

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Rarely does a day go by without somebody approaching Donte Whitner about the hit he delivered on Pierre Thomas in the playoffs last season.Rewind: Ratto: Whitner KOs Thomas Maiocco: Whitner sets tone

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Despite Tramaine Brock's early success last year in San Francisco, newly acquired Perrish Cox has proved he can play multiple positions. That versatility could give Cox an edge as the 49ers' fourth cornerback.

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Byham would have won a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster last season, but he went down early in training camp with a torn ACL. Dobbs is a backup defensive lineman who saw a lot of action during the offseason program at tight end.

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With Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham on the roster, don't expect A.J. Jenkins to be listed as active on regular-season game days. Does that mean he's going to be a bust?

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