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San Francisco 49ers’ Cornerback Chris Culliver Given the “OK” to Practice

July 22nd, 2014 at 6:08 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Just as the beginning of training camp looms for the San Francisco 49ers, cornerback Chris Culliver received some great news; he's been cleared to practice.

Culliver suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during training camp last year, subsequently, the fourth-year pro spent all of last season on Injured Reserve.

CSN's Matt Miaocco reported that Culliver came to training camp this past Friday when veteran players, still rehabbing from injuries, were allowed to report. The 25-year old attended the 49ers' off season program where he continued his rehab, but did take part in any on-field drills.

Culliver's last appearance for the Niners was during Super Bowl 47 against the Baltimore Ravens where Culliver did not perform well at all. With that bitter taste probably still lingering, Culliver will have the chance to wash it away as he enters this season with a legitimate chance of starting. During the 2012 season, Culliver showed flashes of talent while performing as the teams primary nickel back. But with former starters Carlos Rogers and Tarrell Brown no longer with San Francisco, Culliver will look to prove that he has fully recovered from his injury and that he is ready to take that next step as a starter.

Culliver's main competition to start opposite of what appears to be Tramaine Brock, will be free agent signee Chris Cook.

Cook signed a one-year deal this offseason after spending the first four years of his career in Minnesota. While with the Vikings, Cook started 29 out of 34 games, accumulating 123 tackles, one sack and 13 pass deflections. However, the former second-round pick in the 2010 draft has been a bit of a disappointment due in large part to his inconsistences in man coverage.

Rookie Dontae Johnson also figures to be in the mix, but is likely on the outside track at this point. However, the fourth-round pick out of N.C. State may get added looks if Culliver doesn't show that his knee is back to full strength.

All players are scheduled to report this Wednesday, with Thursday being the first day of actual practice.

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