Justin Smith, LaMichael James among many back at practice for 49ers

AP

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree wasn’t the only 49ers player to return to practice on Thursday after missing time with an injury.

He wasn’t even close. The 49ers had a slew of players healthy enough to resume their training camp work or, in the case of defensive end Justin Smith, make their first appearance of the summer. Smith has been recovering from shoulder surgery and announced his return by winning a battle on the line and dropping running back Carlos Hyde in the backfield.

Also back to work was running back LaMichael James, who was thought to be out for the preseason after dislocating his elbow. James was in a non-contact jersey, but fielded punts and caught passes during 11-on-11 drills in his first practice since late July.

Defensive tackles Ray McDonald and Ian Williams joined Smith on the defensive line while wide receiver Brandon Lloyd made it two wideouts to reintegrate into the offensive mix. Tight end Vance McDonald and cornerback Tramaine Brock rounded out the group of the newly healthy in Santa Clara, leaving the 49ers pretty close to full strength for the first time in a while.

16 responses to “Justin Smith, LaMichael James among many back at practice for 49ers

  1. Welcome back boys! Now continue to put in the hard work and lets just be the best we can be, ’cause it ain’t gonna be easy!

  2. All I want is for San Francisco to have 15 players on IR when the Packers play them in the playoffs. Then we can watch them whine about how they weren’t at full strength when we beat them.

    Not like that team from Green Bay. The last time they weren’t in the top 3 for injuries they went 15-1.

  3. Packer fan crying about injuries? Shocker…

    Face it Packer fan, TT has had the worst 2 consecutive drafts in the past 2 years, and that’s why they don’t have depth.

  4. A niners fan wants to talk about poor drafts? All you do is grab people with potential and torn ACLs.

    NFC West will be a joke again in a few years when 6-10 Arizona is hosting the Cowb- who am I kidding they can’t make the playoffs- The Bucaneers in 2017.

  5. Ya we were knocked out of the playoffs, but we outplayed the seagulls in the nfc game. We had to play two opponents that day…the refs and seagulls. Remember, we were dominating the game and the refs took over. that’s y u seagulls are always on our page…because u guys worry about us…lol. Will dominate u guys again!!! And u know it!!! 🙂

  6. Niners had nothing to complain about with injuries. James was out so Hyde played and he’s solid. Crabtree and Lloyd were out so the starting wideouts were Boldin and Johnson – pretty good if you ask me. Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, A Smith, Ray McDonald and Bowman were out and their replacements had 3 sacks and lots of tackles in the first preseason game. Niners are stacked with depth.

    By the way, the niners have smoked the Packers the last 3 times we have played. We’ve had a better record and have gone further in the playoffs 3 straight years.

  7. The Niners’ single biggest strength is depth. Their biggest weakness is not having a lot of that at QB or in the defensive backfield. Chris Borland has the physical qualities, is lightening fast, but he’s still learning the MLB position. But he’s also versatile. He played Safety in college, and once Bowman’s back, or if they settle on Wilhoite, I can see them working him back in as a backup safety… where he could be knocking people into next Thursday (as Whitner used-to).

    But we’ve got real troubles if Kap gets knocked out. In this division, it would probably mean missing the playoffs.

    If he stays healthy, however, we’ll again be one of the top two or three teams in any given week all season.

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