San Francisco 49ers

Tackle Anthony Davis inching closer to a return

SANTA CLARA -- Right tackle Anthony Davis, who has started every game for the 49ers since the team drafted him in the first round in 2010, will be in uniform and go through individual drills today, Jim Harbaugh said. The 49ers practice at 2:45 p.m.

Davis played through labrum (shoulder) and bicep issues last season and had surgery in April, which is late for an offseason procedure. He said today that MRI results were inconclusive and that doctors initially hoped the problem would heal on its own. When it didn't, they went in with a scope and discovered the damage.

Davis said he feels better than he did even before the injury. He has not practiced with the team this offseason, and he's unlikely to play in Sunday's third preseason game or even perhaps the finale four days later. Davis said he didn't feel like he needed to play in the preseason to be ready for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener in Dallas.

If coaches and the team's medical staff don't think he's ready, that job would go to Jonathan Martin, who got good grades for his work against the Broncos on Sunday. While Martin played both right and left tackle against the Ravens, all 32 of his snaps against Denver were from the right side.

“Jonathan Martin has done very well,” Jim Harbaugh said. “He's been a great addition to our football team. Sure glad we got him. Like everybody on our football team, he's working to improve in certain areas. But he has been very effective and efficient at what he's doing.”

Right guard Joe Looney also got better from the first to the second preseason game as he improved the technique that caused him to get off balance at times in Baltimore. Looney has been playing in place of Alex Boone, whose contract holdout is now in its 29th day.

“We believe in Joe Looney. We believe we can win with Joe Looney,” Harbaugh said. “Joe Looney is working every day to improve and that’s what we want the whole unit doing.”


Harbaugh said that receiver Michael Crabtree is in Texas to be with his newborn son, Michael Crabtree III. ... Safety Antoine Bethea is going through the league-mandated post-concussion protocol after he was briefly knocked unconscious in the second quarter Sunday.