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Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Culliver has missed the last two days of training camp with a minor lower leg injury, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Culliver's injury is not considered serious and he should be back in training camp soon. There was no official word of whether the injury was related to the ACL injury he suffered in 2013, but the lackadaisical announcement from the team hints that this injury is unrelated.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brock has missed the last two days of training camp with a minor lower leg injury, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Brock apparently suffered the leg injury during the fourth day of 49ers' training camp. The injury, however, is not considered serious and the days off are simply for precautionary reasons.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ellington (ankle) was activated from the non-football-injury list Tuesday, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Ellington was dealing with a minor ankle issue, but it was never considered serious. He didn't go out for passes, but he was seen fielding punts, a position for which the 49ers are considering Ellington now that LaMichael James (arm) is out.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Faulkner was released by the 49ers on Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: After the 49ers won a waiver claim on offensive lineman Michael Philipp earlier in the day, Faulkner was the chosen roster casualty. Faulkner, an undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois, never had a realistic chance at receiving legitimate consideration for a backup gig with the 49ers with Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, Josh Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson on the 90-man roster.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | STATS
News: The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith to a one-year deal.
Impact: Smith spent the past four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals after a collegiate career at Kentucky. He had 48 carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns in 43 games for Arizona. He also had 13 tackles on special teams.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith has been signed by the 49ers, according to his own twitter account.
Impact: With Kendall Hunter (torn ACL) out for the season, San Francisco needs additional depth at running back. Smith faces an uphill battle to make the roster, as the 49ers already have Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Marcus Lattimore (knee/hamstring), and LaMichael James (elbow). Smith played for the Cardinals from 2011 to 2013, recording 156 rushing yards on 38 carries (3.3 YPC), with another 110 yards on 15 receptions.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hampton could see his role expand after injuries took a toll on the 49ers' backfield, CSN Bay Area reprots.
Impact: Hampton led all San Francisco running backs with 37 carries last preseason, but his role may expand past that in 2014 with Kendall Hunter (knee), LaMichael James (arm), and Marcus Lattimore (knee/hamstring) all sidelined. The 49ers are expected to bring in another running back during training camp, but Hampton should be next in line to move up the depth chart should Lattimore and/or James not be ready for the start of the season.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ellington (ankle) hasn't participated in training camp, despite being activated from the PUP list Friday, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Ellington's absence from the practice field isn't due to a setback; the team simply wants to bring him up through less intense walkthroughs. He's expected to get on the field soon. When he does, he'll likely be one of the top candidates to fill the void at kick returner until LaMichael James (arm) recovers from his injury.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James is expected to miss about a month with what NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports is a dislocated elbow.
Impact: With Marcus Lattimore currently on the non-football injury list and Kendall Hunter having torn his ACL, the 49ers' running back ranks continue to thin out, which leaves Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde as the team's top two healthy backfield options at the moment.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James was carted off the field Sunday after sustaining an apparent left arm or wrist injury, csnbayarea.com reports.
Impact: The nature and extent of James' injury is unclear, but following the ACL tear that Kendall Hunter sustained Friday, James' chances of making a mark in the 49ers' backfield this season had been trending in the right direction, prior to Sunday's news.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin (ankle) has been activated from the non-football injury list, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Martin had tweaked his ankle, while working out on his own, and started training camp on the non-football injury list. The injury was minor and he has been cleared to return to the field. Martin is the preseason favorite to win the starting center job.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lynch (hamstring) has been cleared to practice, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Lynch had missed the first three days of 49ers' training camp, due to a minor hamstring injury he sustained this off-season. The fifth-round draft pick will compete for a backup outside linebacker role during training camp.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lattimore (knee/hamstring) hasn't practiced through the first three days of training camp, but general manager Trent Baalke said that he hasn't suffered any setbacks and that "he is close."
Impact: Lattimore was expected to come into the 2014 season healthy, but a hamstring injury he suffered during mini-camp and the lingering affects of his horrific 2012 knee injury have kept him from participating in training camp. Baalke mentioned that there was a mental hurdle for Lattimore to overcome along with the physical hurdle, though the overall sentiment from his statements is that Lattimore is nearing a return to the field soon. When he does return, he will see work behind Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde, after Kendall Hunter (knee) was ruled out for the year.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Hunter's season is over before it began. The 49ers confirmed Saturday that Hunter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Friday's practice. Hunter began training camp as the No. 2 running back behind Frank Gore.
Impact: Hunter's knee buckled awkwardly as he tried to make a move during a non-contact portion of practice. His injury leaves LaMichael James, Carlos Hyde, Jewell Hampton and Marcus Lattimore to fill the void behind Gore. Hunter rushed for 358 yards and three touchdowns on 78 carries last season. He has averaged 4.6 yards per carry in three years since San Francisco selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Oklahoma State.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Culliver (knee) was practicing with the first-team Friday, and is currently penciled in as the starting cornerback opposite Tramaine Brock, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio expressed that Culliver had made tremendous progress in his recovery from the ACL injury that cost him the entire 2013 season. He didn't show rust on the field and is currently slated to be one of the 49ers' two starting corners. Fangio, however, didn't rule out the possibility of one of the other team's corners being able to leapfrog him during training camp.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James' role may have expanded with news of Kendall Hunter (knee) having to miss the entire 2014 season.
Impact: The former second-round pick was set to be the 49ers' main return man and not expected to have a role in the backfield. But the injury to Hunter opens up a spot on the depth chart and makes James the second-most experienced back on the roster. Rookies Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore both figure to finish ahead of him on the depth chart, but there is a slim chance that James could leapfrog them if the young backs show an inability to pass block.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With the news of Kendall Hunter (knee) being ruled out for the entire 2014 season, Lattimore (knee/hamstring) will move up the depth charts, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Lattimore is still dealing with his own recovery from knee and hamstring injuries and remains on the non-football injury list, but he was seen working out with a medicine ball and running sprints, so a return to the field is on the horizon. If that is the case, then the former fourth-rounder will be asked to spell Frank Gore - along with Carlos Hyde - after Hunter tore his ACL on Friday.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Kendall Hunter (knee) being ruled out for the 2014 season, Hyde is in line to move up the depth chart and slot in as the primary backup behind veteran Frank Gore, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Hunter was expected to be the primary backup to Gore, but after tearing his ACL during training camp, Hyde immediately becomes the handcuff to own heading into drafts. With his combination of power and speed, there is little doubt that Hyde can offer production out of the backfield when spelling Frank Gore. The only concern is his ability to pass block and pick up blitzes, something he wasn't regularly asked to do at Ohio State.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunter has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.
Impact: MRI results confirmed the 49ers' worst fears, ruling Hunter out for the entire 2014 season. Rookie second-round pick Carlos Hyde and 2013 fourth-round pick Marcus Lattimore (knee/hamstring) will likely be asked to fill the void behind Frank Gore. With the 49ers favoring a run-heavy approach and already expected to utilize multiple running backs, Hyde has an excellent opportunity. There's a much higher degree of uncertainty concerning Lattimore, who has yet to prove that he's fully recovered from the devastating knee injury he suffered back at South Carolina in 2012. LaMichael James and Jewel Hampton round out the depth chart at running back, and while the 49ers seemingly wanted James to focus on the return game, Hunter's injury may change that sentiment.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunter has had an MRI on his knee, and the 49ers are worried that the running back's injury may be significant, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: The 49ers are waiting on results of the MRI, meaning there should be more information available by the end of the weekend. Should Hunter's injury turn out to be significant, the 49ers do have other intriguing options behind Frank Gore, highlighted by 2014 second-round pick Carlos Hyde and 2013 fourth-round pick Marcus Lattimore (knee/hamstring). Even if he turns out to be fine, Hunter will face competition from the aforementioned two running backs, with Hyde in particularly looking like a serious threat.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunter sustained a leg injury Friday, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.
Impact: The 49ers haven't revealed the seriousness of the injury, but Werder's source within the team said it didn't look good when he suffered the injury. With questions abut Marcus Lattimore's health already being raised this summer, Carlos Hyde is looking more and more like the backup to own in San Francisco.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ellington (ankle) was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Friday.
Impact: Ellington's ankle issue was never believed to be serious, so his quick activation was to be expected. He's one of the league's finest slot wideout prospects and it would be a major surprise if he didn't safely make the final San Francisco roster, though he might not find much playing time as a rookie.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ward (foot) participated in 7-on-7 drills in the first day of training camp and appeared to be healthy, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Ward missed all of the 49ers' mandatory minicamp after having surgery done to repair a fracture in his right foot in March. He was able to suit up for the opening day of training camp and even intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass. Barring any setbacks, Ward should be the team's nickel back heading into the regular season.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lattimore (knee/hamstring) did not practice when training camp opened Thursday due to lingering knee and hamstring injuries, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Impact: Lattimore - who was redshirted his entire rookie season - was expected to enter 2014 healthy and be a cog in the 49ers' revamped backfield, but it appears that his devastating knee injury in 2012 and the recent hamstring injury he sustained this off-season have not healed properly yet.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gore said that he is not ready to give up his role as the top option in the 49ers' backfield, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Gore is entering his 10th season as a featured back and there are questions regarding his ability to continue to perform at a high level. The 49ers drafted a pair of running backs - Marcus Lattimore (3rd round, 2013) and Carlos Hyde (2nd round, 2014) - preparing for Gore's eventual decline. But it sounds like Gore has no plans of relinquishing his role as top dog quite yet. History has shown that running backs usually decline once they hit the age of 30, but Gore disproved that myth last season. His 276 carries in 2013 was the third-largest workload of his career. But with three capable running backs behind him this season, it would be hard to imagine the 49ers not lightening the 31-year-old's workload. Gore will still have fantasy value heading into 2014, but in all likelihood it will be as a flex option rather than the RB1 or RB2 he has been for most of his career.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bowman (knee) was placed on the 49ers' PUP list Wednesday, the team's official Twitter account reports.
Impact: Bowman endured a gruesome ACL tear during last season's NFC Championship game, so opening training camp on the PUP list was widely expected. The All-Pro linebacker probably won't be cleared before the beginning of the regular season, which would rule him out for San Francisco's first six games. With that being the likely scenario, Bowman's IDP stock takes a significant hit this year, after three consecutive seasons of at least 135 tackles to date. When healthy, Bowman produces at an elite level, but it's doubtful he becomes of fantasy value until the second-half of the upcoming campaign. In the meantime, Patrick Willis could see more tackling opportunites, while Michael Wilhoite and rookie Chris Borland could feature next to him in the middle of the 49ers' 3-4 scheme.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (shoulder) has proclaimed himself to be fully healthy entering this season, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Smith played through the entirety of last season after suffering a shoulder injury during training camp. Despite requiring surgery this offseason, Smith still managed to post 49 tackles (32 solo) and 6.5 sacks in 2013. Now, Smith asserts he's 100 percent healthy entering training camp this time around. Set to embark on his 14th season, Smith has averaged over 60 tackles and six sacks throughout his career, which might be a reasonable top-side expectation for his production this year.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: As expected, Boone did not report to 49ers' training camp Wednesday, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: This comes as no surprise as Boone had expressed explicitly that he would not report to any mandatory preseason activity until he was awarded a new contract. The 49ers have publicly stated that they will not begin contract talks until players report to camp, so we may see a lengthy stand-off developing.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis reported to training camp on Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Davis had skipped the 49ers' offseason practices with an eye toward re-working his contract, but it looks as though he's prepared to move on and play out his current deal. The tight end is coming off a season in which he caught 52 passes for 850 yards in 15 games while equaling his career-high with 13 touchdowns. This coming season, he'll remain a key cog in the 49ers' offense, and while the return to health of Michael Crabtree could cost Davis some looks, at the same time Crabtree's presence figures to open things up for the tight end in the sense that defenses can't key on him as much as they did in 2013, when Davis and wideout Anquan Boldin gobbled up a big chunk of the team's passing targets.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Patton is a likely candidate to earn a spot on the 53-man roster heading into training camp, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Patton had an injury-plagued rookie season in 2013 and didn't see much of the field when he was healthy. He currently sits ahead of veteran Brandon Lloyd on the depth chart simply because of his ability to play on special teams.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ellington is a likely candidate to make the 49ers' 53-man roster, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: The 49ers drafted Ellington due to his speed and explosiveness, something the team lacked from their wide receiver corps last season. He has a shot at overtaking veteran Steve Johnson during training camp, but where he figures to make most of his initial impact for the 49ers is out of the slot.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson is the front-runner to win the third receiver role heading into training camp.
Impact: This doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Johnson's track record (three seasons over 1,000 yards) as a proven asset at the wideout position. Things could always change once training camp begins, but for now, it is his job to lose. Johnson's main competition will be veteran Brandon Lloyd and rookie Bruce Ellington.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nelson was waived by the Redskins on Monday, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: With Nelson out of the picture, Nick Sundberg is now the Redskins' lone long snapper.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams (ankle) was placed on the physically unable to perform list Friday, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Williams expected to be back for the start of training camp, but his rehab seems to be coming along slower than he hoped, as the target return date has been pushed back to the beginning of the regular season. The injury first occurred in Week 2 of last season, so it's been a long wait for the 24-year-old defensive tackle. As he'll miss training camp and everything that goes along with it, Williams will likely ease back into playing time for the 49ers.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith has been sentenced to 12 days in jail stemming from a DUI and weapons charges, NBC Bay Area's Damon Trujillo reports.
Impact: Smith has encountered a host of legal issues over the past year, so facing less than two weeks in jail is a relatively light punishment for the defensive end. There's a good chance he won't end up behind bars, though, as he's able to opt for a work program in lieu of jail. Smith's status is somewhat up in the air heading into next season, as it's almost certain he'll be suspended for at least a portion of the season.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The San Francisco 49ers have signed Staley to a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season. The 49ers announced the extension after Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony at Levi's Stadium. Staley was among the players at the event.
Impact: San Francisco selected Staley 28th overall in the 2007 draft out of Central Michigan. He has earned Pro Bowl honors the past three seasons and is primarily responsible for protecting Colin Kaepernick's blindside. General manager Trent Baalke says the extension means the 29-year-old Staley "will likely be a 49er for life."
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin has been placed on the non-football injury list, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: It's unclear why Martin is being placed on the list, as no injury has been reported. With the 49ers losing former starting center Jonathan Goodwin this offseason, Martin may get a chance to compete for the starting job as a rookie.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ellington will begin camp on the non-football injury list, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Ellington hasn't been dealing with any known injuries, so it's likely the ailment isn't overly serious. Once fully healthy, he'll compete for a slot receiver role with the 49ers.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramsey (undisclosed) will open camp on the physically unable to perform list, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Once the seventh-round draft returns to the field, he'll fight for a roster spot as a reserve defensive lineman.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lynch (undisclosed) will open camp on the physically unable to perform list, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Lynch will be eligible to return when healthy, but the procedural move will clear up space to invite a few more players to training camp. The rookie is expected to compete for a reserve outside linebacker role in 2014.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staley (thumb) signed a two-year contract extension with the 49ers on Thursday.
Impact: Staley's new deal will keep him in San Francisco through the 2019 season. The 29-year-old projects to once again start at left tackle in 2014, where he'll pave the way for the running game and play a major role in protecting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He's currently dealing with a minor thumb injury suffered in the final game of 2013, but doesn't expect to be limited by it at the start of the season.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lattimore (knee) will begin training camp on the non-football injury list, ESPN Insider Field Yates reports.
Impact: Lattimore sat out the entire 2013 campaign while recovering from a serious knee injury, but remains in the final stage of his rehab process. No new complications have surfaced regarding the injury, as the move is said to be merely procedural. Lattimore was a full participant in May's OTAs, and expects to finally be ready to contribute in the 2014 campaign, where he'll compete with Kendall Hunter and Carlos Hyde for carries behind starter Frank Gore.