Defense dominating early in Wednesday's practice

One injured Smith returned to practice today, while another remained on the sideline.

Rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith is back on the field today after missing yesterday's practice with what is believed to be a hamstring injury. Smith took part in some drills, but did not participate in full 11-on-11 work during the early part of today's session.

Jimmy Smith, however, is missing practice for a second straight day because of a groin injury. The cornerback, the team's first-round pick, is watching from the sidelines and talking with teammates with a towel around his neck.

Wide receiver James Hardy is back at practice today, but like Torrey Smith, is not taking part in full team drills, while cornerback Danny Gorrer, who looked to tweak his left knee yesterday, is not participating at all today.

The defense is dominating the offense during today's activity, continuing a trend we've seen early in camp.

Both the first- and second-team offenses struggled during 11-on-11 drills, as they failed to record a completion in about two and a half straight series. During that time, the defense recorded two sacks, an interception by Albert McClellan off a tipped pass and a number of quarterback hurries.

The interior of the offensive line, in particular, is struggling today. Undrafted rookie centers Ryan Bartholomew and Tim Barnes are taking their lumps, while left guard Ben Grubbs looks rusty as he comes back from offseason ankle surgery.

There was one highlight so far today for the offense, however - undrafted rookie wide receiver LaQuan Williams burned safety Ed Reed twice in one route during 1-on-1 drills.

Lining up on the right side of the field, Williams gave a jab step inside at the snap, causing Reed to cut to his right. Williams then cut upfield as Reed spun around and tried to find the wide receiver, and as the ball was put in the air, Williams turned toward the back right pylon, making the catch as Reed helplessly tried to locate the wideout.

Reed immediately started laughing after the play was over, as if to say, "This might happen now, rookie, but don't get used to it."

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