San Francisco 49ers open camp with a healthy Richard Sherman, but Malcolm Smith is on the NFI list

SANTA CLARA, Calif.— As the San Francisco 49ers reported to training camp on Wednesday, the team announced that cornerback Richard Sherman is ready to go after rupturing his Achilles on Nov. 9 of last season, and that three players will begin camp on the active/physically unable to perform list.

Those three include offensive guard Jonathan Cooper, wide receiver Trent Taylor and linebacker Dekoda Watson.

“We feel like each of them have been cleared, and they’re out of their rehab. We feel like there needs to be some conditioning,” said general manager John Lynch. “Jonathan Cooper, we just feel comfortable, we want to see a little bit more on the side, before we throw him in there. Trent, we’ll just see improvement there. We want to not have his first contact be on the field. We want to get him pushed around a little on the side. Dekoda suffered a calf injury, something that’s still lingering.”

Also absent in the early goings will be linebacker Malcolm Smith (lower leg), Sherman’s former teammate with the Seattle Seahawks. He is on the non-football injury list, but will return soon. Last offseason’s biggest free agent acquisition, Smith tore a pectoral early in training camp, and missed the 2017-18 season. Sixth-round draft pick Marcell Harris is also on the NFI list, recovering from an Achilles injury last fall at Florida that cost him his senior season. Kentavius Street (ACL), the 128th pick in the 2018 draft, is also on the NFI list.

“Malcolm Smith, that will be a little surprise to all of you. It was a surprise to us,” Lynch said. “Maclolm told us that in the last week, something popped up, and we’re not concerned about it. We’ve gotten over that. We looked into it, and we feel like, again, the prudent thing is to give him a couple days rest right at the start, just to make sure he feels good and we feel good. Marcell Harris, same type of deal, has cleared through the rehab part of his rehabilitation now. We’re going to get him right, and make sure of that conditioning.”

San Francisco, which begins training camp on Thursday morning, also announced the signings of offensive lineman JP Flynn to a two-year deal, and defensive linemen Will Sutton and Cedric Thornton to one-year deals. In order to make room on the roster, the 49ers waived defensive back Don Jones, offensive lineman Jamar McGloster and defensive lineman Blaine Woodson.

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