The 49ers got some good news today as outside linebacker Aldon Smith and tight end Delanie Walker both returned to practice today for the first time since getting injured.
Smith sustained a right hip bruise in the 49ers' exhibition opener Aug. 10. He spent much of last week watching from the sidelines in crutches and there is a strong chance he will be available to play in Sunday's exhibition game against the Denver Broncos.
Walker has been out of practice for the past week after sustaining a right knee injury during the team's open practice at Candlestick Park Aug. 12.
Running back LaMichael James attended Monday's practice but was not in pads after suffering a left ankle sprain on Saturday night against the Houston Texans. Fellow running back Brandon Jacobs was standing in crutches on Monday after also sustaining a knee injury against the Texans. Coach Jim Harbaugh is hoping Jacobs will be ready by the season opener Sept. 9.
Smith had a stellar rookie season last year and set a 49ers record for most sacks by a rookie, with 14.0.
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