Crabtree Shows Up, But Doesn’t Participate in 49ers Practice

Players for the 49ers are holding another “Camp Alex” at San Jose State University this week. Day one was Tuesday, and among the nearly two dozen, mostly offensive players in attendance was third-year wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports that while Crabtree was in attendance, his sore left foot kept him from running routes and catching passes in the day’s practice.

Crabtree’s foot problems date back to before the 49ers used the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft to select him. At the first Alex Smith-organized mini-camp earlier this month, Crabtree practiced on the first day, but new cleats led to soreness. Crabtree participated in the classroom portions of the rest of that mini-camp, which appears to be the plan for this week’s session.

According to reports out of yesterday’s practice, one player who impressed was second-round quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who chose to skip the NFLPA’s all-expense paid “The Business of Football: Rookie Edition” voluntary symposium this week in Bradenton, Florida to workout with his teammates.

Kaepernick underwent surgery on his lower left leg after the draft, and had been unable to participate in the workouts this offseason. After finally getting the green light, Kaepernick made an impression on his teammates.

“He doesn’t have that rookie, deer-in-the-headlights mentality,” 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said via Barrows. “I think he’s going to be a good quarterback. The ball comes off his arm pretty fast. He’s a real, real intelligent kid. I think he’ll pick up this offense pretty quickly.”

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