The Green Bay Packers' veteran cornerback practiced on Tuesday after returning Monday from a four-week absence due to a bone bruise in his knee. With back-to-back days under his belt – and coming off the Monday session on the less-giving FieldTurf surface of the Don Hutson Center – there's added belief that he'll be ready for the Week 1 game at San Francisco.
"I think everybody wants to know where the knee is and with the workload can it withstand one, two, three days and not swell up on him, just to know where it is," cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said after Tuesday's sweltering practice on Ray Nitschke Field. "Mentally, I know he's sharp. He's in my meetings, he's taking tests. You want him to see routes, so he can get used to seeing them and doing those things again, but the main thing is the knee and will it be able to withstand the pressure of a game? That's what we're trying to see with that."
Beyond Williams' recovery, Whitt was pleased by what he's seen.
"He moved quick. He didn't seem to favorite it at all," Whitt said. "The key will be will it swell up on him or not. Just time will tell and we'll keep putting more on his plate."
Williams' availability for Thursday's preseason game against Kansas City hasn't been determined. Just practicing this week, however, was a major step toward being ready for the 49ers.
"I'm glad that he's been able to get out and do a couple things the last couple days," defensive coordinator Joe Whitt said. "He's been going through all the footwork drills, taking some reps. I think it's important for him to get out there this week as opposed to waiting until next week and not having done anything. That's been a positive."
New injuries: None.
Old injuries: WR Kevin Dorsey (toe), CB Jarrett Bush (ankle), CB James Nixon (knee/ankle), RB DuJuan Harris (knee), S Sean Richardson (neck), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), S Morgan Burnett (hamstring), LB Jarvis Reed (ankle), LB Brad Jones (hamstring), OL J.C. Tretter (broken ankle), LT Bryan Bulaga (knee), OT Derek Sherrod (leg), DE Jerel Worthy (ACL).
Returning from injuries: LB Dezman Moses (toe).
-- So much for the kicking battle between Mason Crosby and Zach Ramirez. While the team will team will take both to Kansas City for Thursday's preseason finale, Crosby dominated their head-to-head battle.
Crosby was a perfect 14-for-14, including from 58 yards into a moderate wind and 64 yards with the wind at his back. Ramirez, who essentially bumped Giorgio Tavecchio off the roster by going 10-of-11 on Sunday, made just 6-of-16 attempts. On his second attempt, Ramirez started his steps before the ball got to holder Tim Masthay, and while he knocked it through the uprights, he struggled for the rest of the two kicking periods.
"I thought Mason was exceptional," coach Mike McCarthy said. "You could see Ramirez was struggling was a little bit with the timing of it. He's only been here three days. He really didn't have the rhythm and the cadence and the snap down. I think it affected him on the first set of kicks and it carried over to the second set. Two very talented kickers, I think it's very evident just watching those two go head-to-head this week."
-- For the third consecutive day, Aaron Rodgers didn't take a snap with the No. 1 offense and was relegated to running the scout team. So, while McCarthy said no decisions have been made about playing time, it appears unlikely he will play against the Chiefs.
-- B.J. Coleman had another strong day. In a two-minute drill that started at the 35-yard line and 55 seconds, Coleman hit Myles White for 25, Brandon Bostick for 15 and Tyrone Walker for 22 to the 3. On the next play, Coleman scrambled and hit Bostick for the touchdown.
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