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August 27, 2013
Patrick Willis looking blue at practice; Eric Wright joins team

Patrick Willis went through warmups with the rest of the linebackers today in a blue, non-contact jersey. When that session ended, he walked to a side field to work with trainers. Still, it was Willis' first involvement in practice since he broke his right hand during a pass protection drill July 31.

Earlier today defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he expected Willis to be in the lineup for the team's Week 1 game against Green Bay. "Now he may have to play with some contraption on his hand for a little bit, but my understanding is he'll be ready," Fangio said.

Also in blue, non-contact jerseys were outside linebacker Cam Johnson (shoulder), cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and running back Jewel Hampton. Another linebacker, Nate Stupar, has a brace on his left arm but no longer is in a non-contact jersey. The team also re-signed linebacker Joe Holland, who was cut Monday, for Thursday's preseason finale in San Diego. That puts the 49ers' roster at 75 players.

Meanwhile, cornerback Eric Wright, who was signed earlier this month, joined the team today after dealing with a personal matter. Wright was on a side field with the rest of the injured players.

He has been placed on the non-football injury list, which means he cannot practice with his new team until after Week 6. He can be signed to the 53-man roster after that point.

Wright was arrested for suspicion of DUI last month in Los Angeles, but charges have not been filed in the case.

-- 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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