San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk runs a route during the first day of training camp on July 26, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk runs a route during the first day of training camp on July 26, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

49ers Training Camp: Fred Warner gets off to a physical start

By: C.J. Peterson
Special to S.F. Examiner

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers have managed to avoiding big hits and violent collisions thus far in training camp, and that’s largely kept them healthy, as noted by head coach Kyle Shanahan last week.

Rookie linebacker Fred Warner must have missed the memo, though, as the BYU product laid one of the more vicious hits seen in camp against fullback Kyle Juszczyk Thursday afternoon to shake up an otherwise uneventful day of football.

“It was a bang-bang play,” 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh recalled. “I know [Warner’s] intent and where his heart is at. That was an accident.”

Warner, who was drafted by San Francisco in the third round of this year’s draft, was for only cleared for non-contact drills Thursday — as indicated by his bright blue practice jersey. Clearly. the designation had no bearing.

Late in practice, Warner stepped into 11-on-11 drills to take reps at inside linebacker — a role that many expect him to fill during Reuben Foster’s two-game suspension at the start of the season.

On the first snap, Warner took 49ers running back Matt Breida head on in the middle of the field. The thudding hit drew “oohs” and “aahs” from fans lining the side of the field and sitting in the bleachers.

Warner had gotten a taste of contact.

The very next play, Jimmy Garoppolo threw a pass to Juszczyk over the middle of the field and Warner was there again. This time, instead of going head-up, Warner put a shoulder into Juszczyk’s chest.

“It’s one of those [plays] that happen so quick,” said Saleh. “Fred actually did avoid contact where he was supposed to. But, that one was just so quick and so fast that it was almost like he was bracing for contact”

Juszczyk spent the next few minutes on the ground as he was attended to by the 49ers medical staff. Fortunately, “Juice,” as his teammates call him, was able to get up under his own power despite the jarring hit.

“What was good is that they didn’t get into a fight,” said San Francisco tight end Garrett Celek. “They didn’t start throwing fists everywhere and guys got them pulled apart right away.”

After the play, Warner attempted to apologize to Juszczyk, who at that point, was regaining himself on the sideline. Juszczyk looked to not be interested in an apology.

According to Saleh, however, the pair did reconcile after practice to squash the mid-camp beef.

“Sometimes I feel like practice is kinda slow,” said Celek. “Sometimes you need something like that to get things going, which is good. But it didn’t carry over from there, which is good.”

Juszczyk was able to return to practice after taking a few plays off and even gave a brief update on his status in the aftermath of the practice-defining play..

“I just got the wind knocked out of me,” said Juszczyk, with a smile on his face. “I’ll be fine.”

Notebook:

— Offensive lineman Joshua Garnett, who was one of several players competing for the right guard spot, was out again Thursday as he missed his third consecutive practice. Shanahan said Wednesday that it would be “hard to make the roster” if Garnett continued to miss time. Garnett missed most of the 2017 season after having undergoing a knee procedure last September. The knee problems may have returned, after Garnett banged knees with a defensive lineman on Saturday.

— The deep ball continues to fly between Garoppolo and Marquise Goodwin. The pair hooked up for another lengthy touchdown as Goodwin burned cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon along the left sideline. Goodwin did, however drop a perfect toss from Garoppolo earlier in practice. Looking back to locate the pass, Goodwin bobbled, and eventually dropped a would-be touchdown. Maybe it was the bright Santa Clara sun that led to the drop but Goodwin was not happy with himself after the play.

— Free safety Adrian Colbert snagged another interception today off of Garoppolo. Garoppolo threw a ball to wide receiver Kendrick Bourne but the pass was dropped subsequently falling into the arms of Colbert. After having a strong showing on Tuesday with an interception returned for a touchdown, Colbert is turning heads so far at camp. The interception marks Colbert’s second takeaway in three days off of Garoppolo.adrian colbertFred Warnerjimmy garoppolojoshua garnettKyle Juszcykmarquise goodwinNFLSan Francisco 49ers

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Advocates with the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition hold a rally outside City Hall before the Board of Supervisors were to vote on a resolution supporting the creation of a public banking charter on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Should San Francisco run its own public bank? The debate returns

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, momentum was building for San Francisco to… Continue reading

Apprenticeship instructor Mike Miller, center, demonstrates how to set up a theodolite, a hyper-sensitive angle measuring device, for apprentices Daniel Rivas, left, Ivan Aguilar, right, and Quetzalcoatl Orta, far right, at the Ironworkers Local Union 377 training center in Benicia on June 10, 2021. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters)
California’s affordable housing crisis: Are labor union requirements in the way?

By Manuela Tobias CalMatters California lawmakers introduced several bills this year that… Continue reading

People fish at a dock at Islais Creek Park on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What Islais Creek tells us about rising sea levels in San Francisco

Islais Creek is an unassuming waterway along San Francisco’s eastern industrial shoreline,… Continue reading

Organizer Jas Florentino, left, explains the figures which represent 350 kidnapped Africans first sold as slaves in the United States in 1619 in sculptor Dana King’s “Monumental Reckoning.” The installation is in the space of the former Francis Scott Key monument in Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What a reparations program would look like in The City

‘If there’s any place we can do it, it’s San Francisco’

Officer Joel Babbs, pictured at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017, is representing himself in an unusually public police misconduct matter. <ins>(Courtesy Bay City News)</ins>
The strange and troubling story of Joel Babbs: What it tells us about the SFPD

The bizarre and troubling career of a whistle-blowing San Francisco police officer… Continue reading

Most Read