SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It was a drama-filled day at the San Francisco 49ers head quarters as they held their first practice without outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who was released earlier in the day following his fifth run-in with the law since 2012.
The 49ers were back in pads, for the third-straight session, and also back on their practice field. Thursday night, the team announced Sunday's open practice inside Levi's Stadium was cancelled because of the turf conditions. The team was expecting 20,000 fans to attend.
Friday, quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed his first six passes to six different receivers during team drills, spreading the ball around and finding his available check downs.
But then his seventh pass was intercepted by Shareece Wright, in a similar play from earlier in the week. San Francisco's defense blitzed Kaepernick up the middle, and forced an off-balanced throw down the right sideline. Wright wound up beating Quinton Patton for the ball some-30 yards down field.
Unofficially, Kaepernick finished the day completing 9 of 15 throws and had no touchdowns. But it's important to point out that most of the offensive plays were run from mid field, and his interception was his only meaningful deep attempt during team drills.
Brooks will likely be the starter on the left side, as he has been over the last four seasons. But that could change. Brooks is in far better shape than he was at this point last season, and could move to Smith's former position rushing the quarterback's blind side because he has the most experience.
Aaron Lynch still has not practiced in team drills while recovering from a hamstring injury that hindered his offseason. He spent the day working out on the side field.
--Defensive lineman Tank Carradine did not practice Friday while dealing with an illness, the team announced. Carradine has spent most of camp working at the right defensive tackle spot in nickel situations, where he's likely to play along side Darnell Dockett.
In individual blitz pick-up drills, he hit both Carlos Hyde and Bruce Miller with some force. It appeared both players were shaken up following their encounters with Moody, but they did not leave practice.
Hyde appeared to have his foot stepped on while Miller may have taken a shot to the hand.
--During Wednesday's practice at Levi's Stadium, second-year defensive back Jimmie Ward left the field following individual drills with a member of the training staff. As it turns out, Ward did the same thing Friday, and went to the side field do to conditioning.
It does not appear Ward sustained a set back to his injured foot.
--The highlight of the day came during a two-minute drill when Blaine Gabbert found receiver Jerome Simpson in stride down the left sideline. Simpson went on to burn the secondary for a 75-yard touchdown catch and run.
--Running backs Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter still have not participated in 11-on-11 drills this training camp. But Bush spent time Friday fielding punts and kick offs.
In one kick off return, Bush looked like the fastest player on the field and went 100 yards for a would-be touchdown.