BRADENTON, Fla.– As the 49ers began three consecutive days of practice here at IMG Academy’s sprawling campus, they didn’t look like a team down on their luck in the win column or injury department.
Instead, they looked lively, refreshed and happy to work Wednesday in the Florida sunshine and 67-degree weather.
The 49ers (10-2) hope this week’s stay gives them just the reboot needed for Sunday’s visit to the New Orleans Saints (10-2), and just the response needed after last Sunday’s 20-17 loss in rainy Baltimore.
Not practicing are:
WR Pettis (rehabbing knee on side)
SS Tartt (ribs)
DT Taylor (elbow)
DJ Jones (ankle)
Street (knee; first day as short-term IR candidate) pic.twitter.com/DPhOrxilbQ
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Offensively, running back Matt Breida (ankle) and left tackle Joe Staley (finger) practiced and looked ready to return from their three-game absences.
Defensively, cornerback Richard Sherman (knee) and nose tackle D.J. Jones (ankle) looked surprisingly spry despite injuries last game, a two-game break appears a wise remedy for pass rusher Dee Ford (hamstring).
The only players not practicing were wide receiver Dante Pettis (right knee; ran on the side), defensive tackle Jullian Taylor (right elbow in a brace) and strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs; not seen at practice).
STREET RESUMES PRACTICING
The 49ers activated the three-week practice window to evaluate defensive tackle Kentavius Street’s progress from multiple knee surgeries.
He’s yet to suit up since being drafted in the fourth round last year. He’s spent this season on injured reserve, and the 49ers have yet to use either of their short-term IR designations.
Judging from his early work in one-on-one drills, Street looks as powerful as ever, living up to the nickname “Baby Hulk” teammates assigned him last year.
Safety Antone Exum re-signed to fill the roster spot that opened Tuesday upon kicker Chase McLaughlin’s release. Exum has been on and off the roster since 2017, including the first three games this season.