- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Yes, OTA’s are voluntary. The only offseason activity that is actually mandatory for the San Francisco 49ers is a three-day minicamp, June 9-11.
And yet, it is always intriguing to take attendance at OTA’s, even if, in the end, it means little when it comes to the regular season -- four months down the road.
But it’s fodder, nonetheless.
As such, the following high-profile players were not taking place in Thursday’s workout that was open to the media:
ILB NaVorro Bowman
FB Bruce Miller
DB Jimmie Ward
RG Alex Boone
RB Carlos Hyde
OLB Aaron Lynch
DL Glenn Dorsey
Coach Jim Tomsula said Bowman was just getting a rest day while CSNBayArea.com reported that the right side of the Niners’ offensive line, Boone and Davis, were working out on their own, until minicamp.
Hyde, though, had a cryptic Tweet before practice:
Trust in God's timing.
— Carlos Hyde (@elguapo) May 21, 2015
“He’s working through the leg,” Tomsula said. “It’s nothing. I mean we got no big [injury], but we’re going to wait. We want you 100 percent. We’re doing this offseason thing and we’re doing things fast and we’re doing all those things, so we’re not going to push.
“It’s not the season, so we’re trying to treat that the right way.”
Perhaps the most unusual injury, though, was the one announced by rookie running back Mike Davis on Twitter.
Kaep owe me a new thumb 😒
— IG MikeDavisRB (@MikeDavisRB) May 21, 2015
Niners strong-armed QB Colin Kaepernick apparently fired a pass to Davis out of the backfield a little too hard on Wednesday as Davis was wearing a splint in practice on Thursday. He did not seem too troubled by the injury.
Coach Jim Tomsula said NaVorro Bowman was just getting a rest day on Thursday.