49ers camp summary (812): Walker's injury provides scare


49ers camp summary (812): Walker's injury provides scare

Summary: The 49ers' only open practice of training camp began on an ominous note when tight end Delanie Walker went down during the first 11-on-11 period with a right knee injury while in pass protection.Walker, with some assistance, eventually made it to the 49ers' bench at Candlestick Park. He watched the remainder of practice sitting down with his right leg elevated. He had ice on his right knee, and later wore a brace."We'll wait until we get some further results from the doctors, but I think we'll dodge another bullet there," Harbaugh said, indicating Walker is not expected to be out for a significant period.RELATED: Delanie Walker career stats 2011 game logs
The 49ers announced 32,000 fans attended the daylong Fan Fest event, which concluded with a 2 12-hour practice and half-hour autograph session. Harbaugh was the final person signing autographs.

The final period of practice was an 11-on-11 session in which the offense was given the ball at the opposition's 8-yard line with 4:54 remaining on the clock.

Alex Smith led the offense down the field on a 17-play drive that was capped by his 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Konrad Reuland against the coverage of Patrick Willis. On the drive, Smith completed 10 of 11 passes for 79 yards on the drive. He ran two quarterback sneaks to pick up first downs on third-and-1 situations. The big offensive play was an 18-yard pass to Kendall Hunter. The defense's best play was Demarcus Dobbs sack (with just a touch) after center Jonathan Goodwin's bad snap to Smith in the shotgun formation.After the offense won the drill, that unit was rewarded with four windsprints. That's right, the winner ran -- not the losers. And the reasoning behind that?
"The winners get to get better," Harbaugh said. "They get that opportunity."Cornerback Carlos Rogers jumped in and ran sprints with the offensive players.Injury report: Outside linebacker Aldon Smith is expected to miss more than a week with a right hip bruise, Harbaugh said. Smith sustained the injury in the first quarter of the 49ers' exhibition opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Smith might not play again in the exhibition season, but he is expected to be ready for the opening of the regular season on Sept. 9 at the Green Bay Packers. . . . Rookie outside linebacker Cam Johnson, who did not suit up for Friday's game, did not practice due to an undisclosed injury. Johnson has not looked up to speed during camp after undergoing arthroscopic surgery before camp. . . Receiver Joe Hastings (right leg) rehabbed and appears to be close to returning to practice after missing more than a week. Tight end Nate Byham and offensive lineman Garrett Chisolm also did not participate in practice. . . 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.Returning to work: Running back Frank Gore, receiver Mario Manningham, and defensive linemen Justin Smith and Will Tukuafu practiced Sunday after being held out of Friday's game.Offensive play of the day: During a red-zone drill, quarterback Scott Tolzien drilled a 6-yard pass into the back left corner of the end zone to Manningham, who went up to catch the pass before cornerback Tramaine Brock could turn around to make a play.Defensive play of the day: Earlier in the practice, Tolzien attempted a pass to Moss (or rookie A.J. Jenkins), and Rogers was in the right spot to intercept the pass. The only other interception during 11-on-11 work was courtesy of Cory Nelms, who picked off Josh Johnson's pass after it deflected off Reuland's hands.
Eye on the stands: First, receiver Randy Moss played whipped the fans behind the 49ers' bench into a frenzy during a down period devoted to special teams. Moss threw the ball into the stands, asked for the ball back and threw it to someone else. He did that for several minutes. He autographed at least one ball thrown to him and tossed it back.During practice, a scruffy-looking, shirtless fan ran onto the field and approached Harbaugh, he seemed none-too-amused with the intruder. "I didn't say anything," Harbaugh said. "I'm glad he was clothed. I'm glad he wasn't naked." The trespasser left the playing field, but was taken down by security and handcuffed.
Notable: Tight end Vernon Davis wore No. 87, instead of his familiar No. 85 during practice. So was he paying homage to Dwight Clark, whose number has been retired? Not exactly."I'm sorry, Dwight," Davis said. "We were in a rush, me and some of the other guys, and we forget our jerseys. This is the only one they had for me. . . . This jersey. This is history right here. It feels good to wear No. 87."Transaction report: On Saturday, the 49ers signed outside linebacker Kenny Rowe and released safety Mark LeGree. Rowe will not be allowed to wear pads and go through team drills until Tuesday while he goes through a mandatory period to get acclimated to camp.
Quotable: "I didn't expect so many people to be here. In the past, it hasn't been this many people. But for them to come out, it shows how much effort they give to support us. We greatly appreciate that" -- Vernon Davis.Next practice: The 49ers return to practice Monday from 2:30 to 5:10 p.m. The 49ers will break camp after practice on Friday.

Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions


Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions

SANTA CLARA – While rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is taking a micro view of his promotion, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not shy about admitting he is looking at the big picture.

Shanahan said how Beathard performs after replacing Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback will have “a ton” of influence on how the 49ers proceed during the offseason.

After all, the 49ers know every position will come under tremendous scrutiny as the organization looks to add the pieces that will make the club competitive.

“That’s for every position. That’s for every player on our team. That’s for every coach on our team,” Shanahan said. “We’re 0-6, and that’s extremely tough. But I’m extremely excited about this place and excited about where we’re at and where we’re going. There’s not a moment that I don’t waste thinking about that stuff.”

Beathard will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium.

Hoyer failed in his bid to earn consideration as the 49ers’ quarterback for the remainder of this season and beyond during his six starts. Hoyer completed just 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 74.1.

Now, Beathard gets his chance. But he said he is not thinking about the big picture and what it might mean for the future.

“I’m really just trying to take it one day, one week at a time,” Beathard said. “I’m not looking that far ahead. Right now, my focus is on today’s practice and geared towards beating the Cowboys and doing the best we can to get better and improve.”

Beathard was pressed into action last week when Hoyer’s struggles continued at Washngton. Beathard stepped in and completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception. For the first time, Beathard is getting the first-team practice snaps with a game plan that is designed specifically for him.

Said Beathard, “Getting those extra reps, reps with guys that you don’t usually throw to, in the huddle with the guys that are out there, I think it’ll help a lot.”

Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates


Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates

More than 35 players from the 49ers’ first Super Bowl champion will be in attendance on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium to show support for Dwight Clark, who revealed in March he was diagnosed with ALS.

Clark, 60, will have ample opportunity to reconnect with some of his old friends on Saturday evening and again on Sunday. At halftime, Joe Montana, surrounded by most of the 49ers' 1981 team, will introduce Clark before a video tribute.

Clark is also expected to make some remarks while situated in a suite for the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Montana and his wife, Jennifer, have remained in close contact with Clark and his wife, Kelly. The Clarks recently watched the Blue Angels in San Francisco with the Montanas during Fleet Week.

“He’s getting pretty inundated with everyone staying in touch with him at this point,” Montana said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“It’s fun for him. At one point, he was telling his wife, Kelly, ‘This is what it’s all about. This is what I want and what I miss, seeing the guys.’ So any of the guys reaching out to him, he surely appreciates it.”

Montana said Clark has not lost his positive outlook or his sense of humor, as evidenced by some not-fit-for-print words he recently had about his wheelchair. Montana said there are always some good laughs and stories any time Clark gets together with his friends.

“That’s the fun part," Montana said. “You just try to get him to forget what’s there, and that you’re there for him whenever. I think the support is the biggest thing right now. In that stage of ALS, it's got to be getting tough, where all of a sudden, things are becoming more and more difficult.”