Tight end Vernon Davis painted a rosy, tension-free portrait of the 49ers’ locker room on Thursday and said he didn’t call out quarterback Colin Kaepernick at a team meeting.
“I don’t know where you got that from at all,” the 49ers tight end said. “It’s not my job or my role to call Kap out. I let the coaches do that. We’re all together. There’s nothing that could separate any of us. We’re inseparable, I would think. Me, Kap, Joe – we all communicate. We’re captains. We’re leaders of the team.”
Joe is left tackle Joe Staley who, according to recent reports by BayAreaSportsGuy.com and CSN Bay Area, got into an argument with Davis after the tight end criticized Kaepernick during a team meeting.
A league source, who did not want to be identified because he does not have the authority to discuss the matter on behalf of the team or players, on Thursday confirmed to The Bee that Davis’ critique – that Kaepernick wore his headphones too much and didn’t socialize enough with his teammates – occurred during a players-only meeting that followed the 49ers’ loss to the Packers.
Wide receiver Quinton Patton was the first to defend Kaepernick during the meeting. When things started getting heated, Staley stood up and brought order to the room. The source said it didn’t get physical during that meeting and that Davis and Kaepernick made up shortly afterward and there have been no issues since.
As he noted, Davis is among a large group of 49ers team captains that includes Staley and Kaepernick. Staley was not available for comment during the 49ers’ open locker room period Thursday. He appeared on 107.7 The Bone radio earlier in the day, acknowledged there was an argument with a teammate but downplayed the affair.
“I love Joe,” Davis said. “Joe’s awesome. I don’t recall (an altercation with Staley). I don’t know where that’s coming from. That’s funny to me. Me and Joe, we’ve been here together for nine years. He’s like a brother to me. We’ve argued in the past. My first year, I remember we got into it, and seconds later we were hanging out and drinking sodas together.”
Asked about his relationship with Davis on Wednesday, Kaepernick said it was “great.”
“We’ve constantly had talks since I started playing,” he said. “It’s something that we both want to do what’s best for this team and we’re both trying to win. That’s where some of the frustrations come from. We’re trying to fix the losing streak that we have been on.”
Injuries – Running back Carlos Hyde missed practice for the second consecutive day as he and the team try to manage the stress fracture in his left foot. He is expected to start Sunday.
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman (shoulder) returned to practice and participated on a limited basis. Defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie missed practice for the second day in a row while dealing with a personal issue.