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49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks is away from the team for family reasons, while other starters were held out of practice Wednesday

The 49ers were without a few notable players during Wednesday's practice.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - As the San Francisco 49ers prepare for the New York Giants, outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks is away from the team for undisclosed family reasons.

"And we’ll keep him in our prayers, his family," head coach Jim Tomsula said Wednesday.

It's unknown when Brooks will return to the team. Tomsula declined to discuss Brooks' status for Sunday's road game against the New York Giants.

Brooks registered his first sack of the season in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, when he got to Aaron Rodgers late in the second quarter. When San Francisco played New York on the road last season, Brooks was sidelined for the game in the first quarter after getting into a verbal altercation with Tomsula, who was the defensive line coach at the time.

Wednesday, the 49ers were without starting offensive linemen Joe Staley and Alex Boone, who were given the day off. Both players were working out in the weight room at the starting of Wednesday's afternoon session.

"We’re going to shut them down today so that we can have them back tomorrow for the padded practice," Tomsula said Wednesday.

"Both of them, they are fine. We just need to make sure, Boone got that ankle rolled up and Joe got rolled up on the leg. So, just going to give it that extra day here today. They’re going to do all the walk-throughs and everything and then they’ll be out there tomorrow."

Tomsula said rookie linemen Ian Silberman and Trent Brown will work with the first team Wednesday at left guard and tackle, respectively. Second-year guard Brandon Thomas, who has been inactive in all four games, was likely to get a look as well.

Receiver Quinton Patton remains in the NFL's concussion protocol after suffering a concussion Sunday. Tomsula was optimistic about his status, although whether or not he plays Sunday remains unknown.

"He looked great yesterday and everybody felt good in the training room," Tomsula said.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman did not practice Wednesday, as will continue to happen throughout the regular season.

Tight end Vernon Davis participated in the team stretch, but did not work with the tight ends during individual drills. Davis has eight catches for 109 yards for the season, and didn't play Sunday while dealing with a knee injury.


Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.

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