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Updated: August 6, 2013 6:42PM

BOURBONNAIS — Special teams might be a temporary home for guard Kyle Long and linebacker Jon Bostic, especially if the rookies win starting spots.

But special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said they’ve embraced being a part of them, including kickoff returns.

“They’ve done well,” DeCamillis said. “Both of those guys, they’ve bought in.”

DeCamillis points to Bostic’s experiences at Florida and Long’s genes as reasons for their approach. Long is listed on the unofficial depth chart as the co-starter at right guard with James Brown. Bostic has been practicing at middle linebacker with the first-team defense since D.J. Williams suffered a calf injury.

“Florida has done a great job — and Oregon, for that matter — of bringing guys in the league that have played [special teams],” DeCamillis said. ‘‘[Florida] coach [Will] Muschamp does a good job of getting guys to buy in down there, so it was pretty easy with Jon.

“And Kyle, I think his old man [Hall of Fame defensive end and TV analyst Howie Long] probably makes sure that he’s going to do things the right way, for sure. Both of them have been great so far.”

Bushrod is back

Left tackle Jermon Bushrod took part in individual drills after missing a week of practice with a strained calf.

“It’s getting there,” he said. “I didn’t want to push it too hard, but I got a good feel.”

Bushrod wants to play in the exhibition opener against the Panthers. “I don’t think it’s out of the realm that he would play Friday, but he’d have to be 100 percent for us to even think about playing him,” coach Marc Trestman said.

Injury roundup

Nose tackle Stephen Paea was pulled from practice because of tightness in his hip. But Trestman said it’s “nothing serious.’’

Receiver Earl Bennett is still being evaluated after leaving practice Saturday with concussion-like symptoms.

Defensive end Julius Peppers (hamstring) and defensive back Kelvin Hayden (hamstring) sat out. Williams (calf) is back in a walking boot.

Receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (knee), defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson (knee) and rookie defensive end Cornelius Washington (elbow sprain) took part in practice.

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