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June 4, 2013
No Boldin as voluntary OTA session begins; Fleming injured

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Wide receiver Anquan Boldin said via Twitter this week that he would skip the Ravens' Super Bowl ring ceremony at the White House this week. However, the veteran wide receiver was not on the practice field when the 49ers began a voluntary OTA practice today. Boldin was the star of last week's session that was open to the media, and he looked very much up to speed with the team's offense.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Darius Fleming, a fifth-round pick a year ago, went down with an apparent left knee injury. He remained on the ground for several minutes where he was attended to by head trainer Jeff Ferguson before getting up and moving around under his own power. Fleming tore his left ACL last May and was lost for the season.

Also missing today is safety Donte Whitner. A trio of running backs, Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, were rehabilitating with trainers on a side field. Hunter is coming back from an Achilles injury; Gore's and James' conditions are unknown, though neither appears to be serious.

Starters Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Joe Staley and Mike Iupati continue to rehabilitate from offseason injuries. So do receivers Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham.

A trio of veterans who missed last Tuesday's practice, linebacker NaVorro Bowman, Jonathan Goodwin and Anthony Davis, were back for today's session. Cornerback Tarell Brown continues to train on his own in Texas while fellow starter Carlos Rogers was working out in the weight room during practice. That will mean more practice time for newcomer Nnamdi Asomugha.

As for running back, Anthony Dixon, Jewel Hampton and undrafted rookie D.J. Harper will get the lion's share of the practice snaps today. Draft picks Marcus Lattimore (knee), Tank Carradine (knee), Quinton Dial (toe) and undrafted Luke Marquardt (foot) continue to rehabilitate from injuries suffered in college.

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Newly hired consultant Eric Mangini was on the field when practice began. He was observing the running backs and quarterbacks as practice began.

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New receiver Kassim Osgood has the same number, 13, as the pleyer he replaced, Joe Hastings.

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The assistant coach that was grazed by the falling oak tree on Saturday was offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who suffered scratches on the back of his neck. A brush with death, indeed.

-- 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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