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49ers receivers suffer some bumps and bruises

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Thursday's practice wasn't the best for the health of the San Francisco 49ers wide receivers.

While none of the ailments seemed to be too serious, the 49ers did suffer a few bumps and bruises.

Torrey Smith was the most notable name to get some medical attention when the training staff took a brief look at his knee when he came up limping after running a route in team drills. Smith stayed in practice for another route, which he limped through before ending his day. He did lift weights with his teammates after practice and appeared to be moving around OK.

Bruce Ellington appeared to jam a finger, as he had his right index and middle fingers taped together after practice. Ellington hurt the finger when he was contesting a catch against cornerback Jimmie Ward.

Eric Rogers also came up limping during the workout when he fell down during a route. Rogers hobbled to the sideline after the play and did not return to practice. Rogers' injury was a shame because he had a couple of nice moments during Thursday's practice. In one-on-one drills, he did an excellent job getting off a jam from Ward and ran a crisp route to make a catch over the middle. Rogers went on to make a couple of more solid catches in that drill.

Here are some other observations from camp on Thursday:

  • 49ers coach Chip Kelly seems to be everywhere during the course of his high-energy practices. The only time anyone seems to slow down is when they go to their "teaching" periods, which often follow team drills. Those periods are a chance to slow things down and make corrections that they don't make during the high-speed team portion of practice. But Kelly took a little extra time at one point in Thursday's practice to coach up Ellington on a particular route that he was running. Kelly spent a good two minutes with Ellington giving him pointers on what he needed to be doing.

  • For the first time in this camp, quarterback Colin Kaepernick appeared comfortable cutting it loose and pushing the ball down the field. He connected with Smith for a long touchdown early in team drills. It was a nice bounce back for Kaepernick, who threw a pair of interceptions in seven-on-sevens. Kaepernick's day overall wasn't his best but he's at least feeling comfortable enough in the offense to take a shot beyond the intermediate areas. He also had a nice throw to receiver Devon Cajuste in seven-on-seven.

  • It was a pretty solid day for the cornerbacks Thursday as a number of players turned in strong performances. Rashard Robinson had one of the interceptions against Kaepernick in seven-on-seven and also showed his athleticism by reading and recovering on a comeback route for a pass breakup later on. Chris Davis made an outstanding diving pass breaking against Ellington in one-on-ones. Ward made another interception in seven-on-sevens.

  • Defensive lineman Arik Armstead continues to show steady progress and has drawn praise from a number of teammates for his work in this camp. Armstead is holding up well at the point of attack but also has been a regular in the backfield and causing disruption in the run game. More is expected of the former first-round pick in his second season and early indications are that he's prepared to provide it.

  • There haven't been a lot of shining moments for the two "other" quarterbacks on the roster so far in camp but Thad Lewis and Jeff Driskel did a couple of good things Thursday. Lewis made a nice throw down the right sideline for a long completion to receiver Aaron Burbridge. Driskel looked comfortable reading the defense during team drills, pulling it down and taking off running for what would have been a first down once and seeing the quick opening and making the handoff for another would-be big gain the next play.

  • The 49ers are back to it on Friday with another 10:25 a.m. PT practice.