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May 27, 2011
New kid: Kaepernick joins 49ers teammates for workouts

Second-round draft pick Colin Kaepernick began working out with his new 49ers teammates this week in the San Jose area and threw his first passes in the player-organized workouts today, according to a source close to Kaepernick. The quarterback, who moved from his parents' home in Turlock to the Bay Area this week, first joined the group on Wednesday.

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Today's throwing session is the most rigorous activity Kaepernick has had since undergoing a surgical procedure on his left leg following the draft. Though the exact nature of the procedure is unknown, it was considered minor and Kaepernick has been off crutches and moving around for more than a week and a half.

Kaepernick is the second rookie to have met and practiced with his new teammates. Receiver Ronald Johnson, a sixth-round pick, flew from his home in Muskegon, Mi. to San Jose for about 10 days of workouts following the draft. Johnson is now back in Michigan. Kaepernick, meanwhile, is now living in the South Bay and he promises to join the core group of 49ers who are working out together.

About 15 different 49ers have been part of that group since the lockout began in March. Although the composition of the group changes from day to day, the mainstays have included quarterback Alex Smith, offensive linemen Joe Staley and Adam Snyder, defensive linemen Justin Smith and Isaac Sopoaga and receivers Kevin Jurovich and Josh Morgan.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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