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“We’ve got guys that are very close at a lot of positions, and he’s very close, but his ability to play the fullback and play on special teams are all added into the equation,” he said.

Extra points

• Graham Gano and Shayne Graham practiced field goals Tuesday, the latest development in their position battle. Gano made 6 of 7, and Graham made 5 of 7.

Gano, the incumbent, missed wide left from approximately 47 yards but connected from about 55. Graham missed from 43 and 55.

• Receiver Malcolm Kelly (right foot), safety Oshiomogho Atogwe (hamstring), guard Artis Hicks (concussion) and running back Ryan Torain (hand) did not participate in practice. Tight end Chris Cooley (left knee) and receiver Brandon Banks (left knee) were limited.