Camp Report Day 4: Brock's day ends early

The 49ers had their second padded practice of training camp Sunday. The team's starting cornerbacks ended their days early after LaMichael James suffered a dislocated elbow.

The 49ers have their first off day of training camp Monday, so it didn't come as much surprise that the team took a cautious approach with their starting duo at cornerback.

Tramaine Brock looked like he tweaked an ankle in a passing drill and didn't participate in 7-on-7s or full-team drills.

Chris Culliver, who is practicing for the first time since suffering his knee injury early in last year's training camp, left the field early but did not appear hurt.

Otherwise, the most noteworthy event of practice came early on when LaMichael James was carted off the field with a dislocated left elbow.


With the starters not participating Chris Cook, Dontae Johnson and Darryl Morris received the bulk of the snaps at cornerback while Jimmie Ward continues to work in at nickel and second-team safety.

Johnson fared better in team drills than in the one-on-one coverage drills.

In the red zone, Johnson broke up a fade route from Colin Kaepernick to Anquan Boldin in the right corner. Later he nearly intercepted Kaepernick when trying to hit Brandon Lloyd, but Johnson dropped the ball. He also broke up an end zone pass to Stevie Johnson.


With James hurt - and the 49ers not willing to risk anything with Frank Gore - Carlos Hyde and Jewel Hampton received all of the snaps during team drills.

Hyde continues to look the part with burst and quick feet, but the real litmus test will come in preseason games.

Hampton, who was praised by Jim Harbaugh for his patience over the last two seasons early Sunday, got a number of looks on both check-down passes and running plays. Don't be surprised to see the 49ers very active on the waiver wire looking for running backs in the coming days.


Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks could not be defended when the starting defense took on the reserves in the later portion of practice.

On nearly every play Smith and Brooks met in the backfield while going against Carter Bykowski at left tackle and Ryan Seymour on the right side.


Antoine Bethea - who turned 30 Sunday - made a nice interception deep down the left sideline on a pass from McLeod Bethel-Thompson to David Reed.


Linebacker Nick Moody reacted quickly to break up a pass from Blaine Gabbert to receiver Devon Wylie in the left flat.


Reserve guard Fouimalo Fonoti left practice early with an apparent left leg injury. The severity of the injury is not yet known.


Vance McDonald made a pair of touchdown catches during a red zone drill. He also made a nice leaping grab deep over the middle with C.J. Spillman in coverage.


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