The San Francisco 49ers are in Denver for their Week 2 preseason matchup with the Broncos on Saturday. Before that, the team is holding two joint-practices with the Broncos with the second having taken place today. The practice was the 14th for the 49ers since opening training camp on July 30.
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* Article will be updated as more information becomes available
As usual, the big story remains the status of Colin Kaepernick. Head coach Chip Kelly announced today that the quarterback would miss his second straight preseason game and will not play against the Broncos. The team hopes to ease him back into practice and get him ready to play against the Green Bay Packers at home next week.
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Kaepernick did do some light throwing on a side field during today's practice. Again, he did not participate in any team drills (7-on-7 or 11-on-11) and has not done so since Wednesday, August 10. That was eight days ago.
Kaepernick throws 19 passes of 25 yards between drills. A 20th pass was running left, throwing across body has he ran to an adjacent field.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) August 18, 2016
Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group noted that Kaepernick ended up throwing 47 passes on the side and that he did not appear to show any discomfort.
#49ers Colin Kaepernick showed no discomfort and had zip as he threw 47 passes on side, most to equipment manager. Didn't throw vs Broncos D— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 18, 2016
Aside from Kaepernick, WR Bruce Ellington (ankle) did not practice. OLB Aaron Lynch also did not practice. He was poked in the eye during Wednesday's practice.
Aaron Lynch was poked in the eye Wednesday, which is why he wasn't full go at today's practice. #49ers— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 18, 2016
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee logged Blaine Gabbert as 5 of 9 passing during practice. He said that Gabbert had some nice throws in the red zone. It was a better day of practice for the 49ers than yesterday according to Cam Inman.
OT Anthony Davis got some work with the first-team offensive line. However, it was his debut at right guard and not right tackle where he has been practicing all of training camp. While working with the second-team offensive line, he returned to right tackle.
Torrey Smith beat CB Aqib Talib twice in a row for medium gains during 7-on-7 drills, per Joe Fann of 49ers Media. "Made one leaping catch near the sideline through a hold," said Fann.
For the second day in a row, things got a bit heated between the 49ers and the Broncos. A few fights broke out at practice today. One was OG Zane Beadles against DE Adam Gotsis. Another had C James Ferentz punching NT Garrison Smith.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak calls his offense together after 4th fight of practice with #49ers, who didn't get same lecture from their coaches— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 18, 2016