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2013 draft picks Quinton Dial and Tank Carradine saw their first extensive NFL action Thursday in Baltimore

49ers notes: Harbaugh says 49ers got “pushed around”

Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 - 9:24 pm

BALTIMORE – Second-year defensive lineman Quinton Dial spent the offseason training alongside fellow linemen Justin Smith and Ray McDonald, and it showed on Thursday.

Dial, who played both left defensive end and nose tackle against the Ravens, led all defenders with 10 tackles and forced two fumbles in the first half, one that was recovered by the 49ers.

However, he also was one of only four healthy defensive linemen by game's end. Jim Harbaugh indicated the 49ers might have to add some additional bodies at the position. They will hold joint practices with the Ravens Saturday-Monday in Owings Mills, Md.

The 49ers already were short on numbers to start the contest, then lost defensive ends Demarcus Dobbs (ankle) and Lawrence Okoye (ankle) to injuries. Dobbs started the game at right defensive end in place of Smith, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. His injury did not appear serious.

Okoye was injured in the second half when a teammate rolled onto his ankle. He said his X-rays were negative, but after the game he needed assistance when trying to walk.

The healthy 49ers linemen are Dial, Tank Carradine, Tony Jerod-Eddie and Mike Purcell, who started the game at nose tackle.

Afterward Harbaugh was reluctant to praise any of his defensive linemen.

“We were getting pushed around, and the defense was out there a lot of plays,” he said. “... That's probably the biggest concern right now. We got pushed around.”

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Tank Carradine had one of the 49ers' three sacks on Thursday. His first game since tearing his ACL at Florida State in 2012 also included a tackle for loss, a quarterback hit and eight total tackles, ranking third on the team.

How would he spend his day off Friday? “Probably in the cold tub,” he said. Carradine figured he might play 20 snaps against the Ravens. He ended up playing almost double that.

Corey Lemonier and Michael Wilhoite had the other two sacks for the 49ers.

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Cornerback Chris Cook, who went four years with the Minnesota Vikings without a regular-season interception, had one Thursday when he came down with an under-thrown pass from Tyrod Taylor. Cook, who has been playing right cornerback, is vying with Perrish Cox to be the No. 3 cornerback this year.

“I saw a flat route coming and I broke on the flat route because he (the quarterback) looked at it, and then he came back to the curl,” Cook said. “So I went underneath of it. It was right there in my lap.”

Cook also has come down with a few interceptions in training camp, including two in Monday's session. He said Thursday's in Baltimore was his first in an NFL game that hadn't been called back on a a penalty.

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Rookie receiver Bruce Ellington was the 49ers' kick returner to open the game and had the 49ers' only punt return. Ellington, a fourth-round draft pick, averaged 31 on kick returns despite a long return in the first quarter being wiped away by a penalty.

The honor of taking back the first kickoff would have gone to Carlos Hyde had Hyde not started the game at running back. He has been the team's top kick returner in training-camp practices.

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Neither Michael Crabtree nor Brandon Lloyd played Thursday. Both veteran receivers have been dealing with minor injuries. Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson were the starting wideouts. Ellington led the 49ers in receiving. He was targeted three times and came up with three catches for 35 yards.

Receiver Chuck Jacobs injured his knee after a 40-yard return in the fourth quarter. Jacobs was moving around well afterward, however, and said he was thankful he only hyperextended the joint.


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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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