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49ers mini notes: Aldon Smith hurts toe; Dial, White stand out

Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) celebrates his game winning touchdown with wide receiver Christion Jones (22) in the second half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Alabama won in overtime 20-13.
Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) celebrates his game winning touchdown with wide receiver Christion Jones (22) in the second half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Alabama won in overtime 20-13. AP

SANTA CLARA -- Aldon Smith sat out most of Tuesday's practice with a right toe injury that did not seem to be a big concern for either Smith or the 49ers.

Smith began the session at his familiar spot at right outside linebacker. A third of the way through the session, however, someone stepped on Smith's right foot. He sat on the sideline while Corey Lemonier took over. Smith later watched practice from a cart with a bag of ice on his right foot. Afterward he walked off the field with a slight limp.

The injury does not appear serious, but it's possible that Smith will be held out of the two upcoming minicamp practices, the last sessions before training camp begins in July.

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Another outside linebacker, Aaron Lynch, has been out for about a month with a hamstring injury. Ahmad Brooks was the 'starter' on the left side -- he also lined up a bit on the right -- with Lemonier, draft pick Eli Harold, Marcus Rush and Nick Bellore also playing the position. Harold looked smoother than expected dropping into coverage, something he did little of at Virginia.

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As forecast by Jim Tomsula, Erik Pears lined up at right tackle with the first-team offensive line. Marcus Martin played right guard, Joe Looney played center, Andrew Tiller played left guard and Joe Staley was at left tackle.

Alex Boone, who for the last three years has been the 49ers' starting right guard, lined up at left guard with the second-team unit. This arrangement likely was done in the spirit of having continuity from the OTA sessions that Boone did not attend.

The second-team offensive line, from right to left, was Trent Brown, Brandon Thomas, Looney (also Dillon Farrell), Boone and Patrick Miller.

Looney, who got into a tussle with Tank Carradine two weeks ago, had a brief scrap with nose tackle Mike Purcell on Tuesday.

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On the defensive line, Quinton Dial lined up at right defensive end while Glenn Dorsey was at left defensive end. Ian Williams was the first-string nose tackle. Dial has looked very good -- albeit in non-contact situations -- and knocked down a pass Tuesday. So did Dorsey.

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The MVP of practice may have been former Alabama wideout DeAndrew White, who went undrafted. White was a frequent target and caught everything thrown his way, including a 30 yarder from Colin Kaepernick during an all-out blitz by the defense.

Kaepernick and receiver Anquan Boldin, who was going through his first practice of the offseason, got off to a shaky start with two incompletions, including one that was knocked away by good-looking second-year cornerback Keith Reaser. Reaser spent a lot of time as the nickel cornerback.

The quarterback and his favorite target, however, later hooked up on a deep comeback route in which Kaepernick rolled to his right and hit Boldin at the sideline. Boldin *may* have pushed off on cornerback Dontae Johnson (but after 12 years in the league for Boldin, we're keeping our hanky in our pocket).

Kaepernick looked particularly good when he was on the run, which is what he did best at Nevada. His best throw Tuesday was on an intermediate crossing route to Torrey Smith in which the ball arrived just before Smith hit the sideline.

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Scary moment: receiver Quinton Patton and linebacker Michael Wilhote collided after a catch in the middle of the field. Both got up slowly but returned to practice. Wilhoite had an interception of a tipped pass earlier in the session. The second-team inside linebackers were Nick Moody and Shayne Skov.

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The practice was held at Levi's Stadium and the grass -- in case you were wondering -- held up nicely. New punter Bradley Pinion boomed all of his punts at the end of the session, and it's little wonder why the team felt it could trade incumbent punter Andy Lee.

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The 49ers who did not practice: Kilgore, Lynch, Jimmie Ward (foot), Darnell Dockett (ACL), Bruce Ellington (hamstring), Derek Carrier (foot), WR Darius Davis (?) and LB Desmond Bishop (?).

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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