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49ers' Aldon, Justin Smith progressing; Woodson still an option

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke made one thing clear in his annual meeting with local media leading up to next week's NFL Draft.

"You're not going to get a straight answer from me," Baalke said.

When it came to insight about potential prospects or his assessment on the current state of the 49ers, Baalke offered little, but there were some takeaways from the 45-minute question-and-answer session.

Defensive lineman Justin Smith is experiencing "no restrictions, no limitations" after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn triceps tendon that plagued him over the final six games of last season. Baalke said Smith is lifting weights and insinuated he would not be limited due to the injury next season.

"(The doctors) might be a little conservative with it at this stage, which you'd expect them to be," Baalke said.

Linebacker Aldon Smith has also made positive strides in his recovery from February surgery to repair a torn labrum and is expected to be fine for training camp. Baalke said Aldon Smith isn't as far along in his rehab process as Justin Smith.

Despite not signing free-agent defensive back Charles Woodson after bringing him in for a visit, the 49ers have not closed the door on signing Woodson, Baalke said.

"We had a great visit with Charles when he was in here, certainly you look at what Charles had done throughout his career -- he's had a tremendous career," Baalke said. "We feel he still can play the game. That's something we're going to continue to look at. We'll see how the draft goes and everything else. Charles is someone that we're certainly still interested in."

Baalke said only "six or seven" players were absent for the beginning of the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program, which began Monday. Among those missing was recently-acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is tending to family matters and still in the process of moving.

Baalke stressed that workouts are, in fact, voluntary and he had no issue with Bolden's absence. He did, however, acknowledge the team is filled with guys who enjoy working out -- evidenced by the high attendance rate.

NOTES

-- The 49ers had 57 prospects attend their "local pro day" Wednesday. Among them was Stanford tight end Zach Ertz, who has been talked about as a potential replacement for departed 49ers tight end Delanie Walker. Ertz, who was invited to the Scouting Combine, chose not to work out.

-- Former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith continued to work out at the team facility in Santa Clara until the day the trade which sent him to Kansas City became official last month. Baalke said Smith continued to work out in 49ers gear despite the fact the trade had been widely reported.

"What we promised (to Alex) was that we were going to do everything we could to fulfill his desires," Baalke said. "And we were able to do that."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There's no harder worker. I can say that about a lot of guys. This team works." - 49ers GM Trent Baalke on quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
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