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Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bethea (concussion) did not practice Wednesday and is unlikely to play against the Chargers this Sunday, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bethea was forced out last week's preseason game with a concussion and is going through the league's post-concussion protocol. He will likely be held out of Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willis (undisclosed) was seen practicing in a non-contact jersey Wednesday and his availability for Sunday's preseason game is still uncertain, Matt Barrows of the Sac Bee reports.
Impact: The extent of Willis' injury is unknown, but it appears to only be a minor injury. He will probably be held out of Sunday's game as a precaution, but all indications point to the All-Pro linebacker being ready for week 1 of the regular season.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James (elbow) practiced Wednesday without a non-contact jersey for the first time since injuring his elbow this offseason, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: James' status for Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers is still in question, but the original timetable of a month recovery seems to be spot on. It looks like he will be ready by the time the regular season starts, where he will serve as a backup running back and a kick return specialist.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey to a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
Impact: Dorsey, 29, is sidelined with a torn left biceps muscle that required surgery. He was injured Aug. 1, but hasn't been ruled out for the season. He is expected to miss significant time after arriving for training camp as the projected starting nose tackle.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dorsey (biceps) agreed to a two-year contract extension with the 49ers on Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impact: Dorsey is uncertain to play in 2014 after tearing his biceps in training camp, but in signing Dorsey to a new deal, the 49ers will be able to ensure he doesn't hit the open market next summer. He'll likely be placed on injured reserve to start the season, but there's a good chance he could be the club's designated player to return if he progresses well in his recovery.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis (shoulder) participated in individual drills for the first time this offseason, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Davis has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and has yet to participate in any aspect of training camp so far. Tuesday's news is a good sign that he will be ready for the season opener, but the team has not announced whether he will be ready to suit up for the 49ers' third preseason game this Sunday against the Chargers.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carradine led all 49ers' in playing time Sunday, seeing the field for 57 snaps and recording a pair of tackles in the loss to Denver.
Impact: Carradine is recovering from an ACL injury that cost him most of the 2013 season. The former second-round pick will compete for a roster spot in the final two weeks of the preseason.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Iupati (ankle) made his preseason debut Sunday, playing 16 snaps in the loss against the Broncos.
Impact: Iupati was recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in 2013 but appears healthy and ready to go for the start of the season.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Snyder (knee) played 16 snaps in Sunday's preseason loss to the Broncos.
Impact: Snyder suffered a knee injury in practice last week but appears to be over the minor ailment. With a few of the 49ers' starting lineman still missing from action, the team will need the 32-year-old veteran to step up in the interim.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis (shoulder) didn't participate in Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Impact: Davis has been held out of both preseason games while he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. There's no timetable for his return, but the team is hoping he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobbs (ankle) returned to the field for Sunday's preseason tilt against the Broncos.
Impact: Dobbs suffered an ankle injury in the team's first preseason game against Baltimore last week but was healthy enough to line up on defense and special teams Sunday. He didn't record a tackle in the loss to Denver. Dobbs will be fighting for one of the final roster spots in the coming weeks.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis started Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos but finished with no targets on the only series he played.
Impact: Many of the Niners' regular starters, such as Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, and Anquan Boldin, played only the first series, so there's no reason to read anything into Davis' limited playing time. Davis was reportedly dealing with a minor unspecified injury earlier this month, but he didn't appear limited at all during Sunday's game.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lynch made his preseason debut with the 49ers on Sunday, recording two tackles in the loss to Denver.
Impact: Lynch had been dealing with a hamstring injury coming into the second week of the preseason, but appears to be back to 100 percent. The pass-rush specialist will be fighting for a roster spot in the final two weeks of the preseason.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Borland started Sunday's preseason game at middle linebacker and recorded five tackles in the 34-0 loss to Denver.
Impact: Borland has started the 49ers' first two preseason games in place of Patrick Willis, who is simply being given extra rest heading into the season. The third-round draft pick has received praise from the 49ers' coaching staff for his high motor, but has also received criticism for being too aggressive and missing assignments. Both of those assessments were proven correct Sunday, when he was seen flying all over the field making tackles and stuffing lanes, but also missing a couple coverage assignments, one of which led to a touchdown for the Broncos. Borland is still a work in progress and will serve as a backup heading into the 2014 season.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Acker looked strong in Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Impact: The 2014 sixth-round pick recorded a tackle, deflected a pass, and drew an offensive pass interference penalty in the loss to the Broncos. He is currently buried on the depth chart and may end up on the practice squad, but a strong showing in the 49ers' final two preseason games may earn him a spot on the 53-man roster.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dawson missed both of his field goal attempts (44, 55) in Sunday's preseason loss to the Broncos.
Impact: Dawson is still getting used to kicking in a new stadium and these final two preseason games will hopefully be enough to get him used to the new conditions of Levi Stadium. He will enter his second year with the 49ers as the starting kicker for the 2014 season.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gabbert completed 8-of-14 pass attempts for 40 yards and an interception in Sunday's preseason loss to the Broncos.
Impact: Gabbert's completion percentage was an improvement from last week, but his accuracy problems were still an issue, missing a few passes badly, one of which was picked off. There are rumblings that Josh Johnson may overtake Gabbert on the depth chart, and Gabbert isn't doing anything positive on the field to help his case. The only thing working in his favor is that the 49ers would still owe him the $2 million guaranteed on his contract, if they were to cut him. Gabbert should enter Week 3 of the preseason as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willis did not play in Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Impact: Coach Jim Harbaugh continues to hold Willis out to ensure he's fully healthy for the regular season, although it should be noted that the thumb injury he sustained at the end of last season is no longer an issue.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hyde had four carries for 11 rushing yards and one catch on one target for nine receiving yards during Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Impact: Frank Gore got the surprise start Sunday, but he played only a single series before making way for Hyde, who continues to make a case for more touches as Gore's backup this season.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crabtree started and played three of the first four snaps during Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos, but he failed to catch the only pass thrown his way.
Impact: Crabtree had been dealing with a hamstring injury this week, but he resumed full practice Friday before participating in Sunday's game. After missing significant time last season with an Achilles' injury, the 49ers will make sure Crabtree is fully healthy heading into the regular season, which means he isn't likely to play a big role in either of the remaining preseason games.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gore made his preseason debut Sunday against the Broncos, rushing twice for 12 yards.
Impact: Gore's night was done after the opening drive, as Carlos Hyde took over for the rest of the first quarter. There was speculation that Gore may not play at all in the preseason, and while his workload Sunday wasn't prolific, it was good to see the team is comfortable trotting him out there for an exhibition game. He may see a little more time in the third preseason outing before sitting out the final one.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kaepernick completed 5-of-9 passes for 39 yards during Sunday's 34-0 preseason loss to the Broncos.
Impact: Kaepernick was relatively quiet during his two series, as he finished without a single rushing attempt. He did throw one long ball to Brandon Lloyd in the end zone, but the ball came up just short. Regardless of the outcome, Kaepernick finished the game uninjured, and he'll likely get a little more work in the third preseason game, before sitting out the fourth to keep him healthy for the season opener.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bethea suffered a concussion during Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos and will not return, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Bethea recorded three tackles (two solo) prior to exiting Sunday's contest. With him out, rookie Jimmie Ward could be in line for more snaps at strong safety. The veteran Bethea will now have to pass league protocol, before he can be cleared to play next.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gabbert will be the second quarterback entering Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: After his abysmal 3-for-11 performance last week against Baltimore, there were rumblings that Josh Johnson could surpass Gabbert on the depth chart. But coach Jim Harbaugh came out this week and gave a vote of confidence for Gabbert and stated that he'll be the second quarterback on the depth chart this week. This doesn't mean Gabbert will be the backup come Week 1, but the $2 million guaranteed in his contract will almost force the 49ers' hand in this position battle.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Jim Harbaugh stated that he received a "good report" on Lattimore from those in charge of his rehabilitation, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Lattimore (knee/hamstring) still hasn't returned to practice and doesn't have a timetable for his return. However, he has been amping up his rehab routine, which includes sprinting, cutting, broad-jumping, and working with a medicine ball. The 49ers have taken a hit in the running back department this offseason, so having a healthy Lattimore would be very beneficial, but the team appears to be a taking a cautious approach with their 2013 fourth-round pick.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crabtree (hamstring) has resumed practicing fully, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Crabtree, who missed the majority of the 2013 season with an Achilles injury, was recently hampered by a hamstring injury. Now back on the practice field, the wideout indicates that he's approaching 100 percent health, with the ESPN report adding that Crabtree checks in at about 215 pounds these days, after weighing in the neighborhood of 230 last season when his workouts were affected by his injury.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Kaepernick isn't likely to play more than a series or two when San Francisco plays its first preseason game at newly finished Levi's Stadium.
Impact: Kaepernick completed his only pass and led San Francisco to a field goal in his only series of work in last week's 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Coach Jim Harbaugh said the plan will be the same when the 49ers host the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crabtree (undisclosed) took part in Wednesday's practice, Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times reports.
Impact: Crabtree has been held out of practice since July 31 with what was believed to be a hamstring injury, but it appears he is feeling good enough to return to the field in some capacity. The 49ers will likely continue to take it easy with Crabtree, so his action could be limited over the team's remaining preseason games.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James (elbow) returned to practice Wednesday, wearing a non-contact uniform and an elbow brace, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: James didn't participate fully, spending most of his time at practice returning kicks. Even with the non-contact uniform and elbow brace, it was surprising to see him back so quickly given his estimated month timetable for recovery. Despite his return to practice, there is almost no chance that we see him on the field for Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brock (ankle) returned to practice after being sidelined with an ankle injury, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Brock sustained the injury on July 27 and missed the 49ers' first preseason game because of it. His status for Sunday's game is still unclear, but Wednesday's return to the practice field is a positive indication that he will suit up against Denver.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McDonald (biceps) is back at practice and appears to be completely healed from the offseason surgery on his bicep, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Smith had 29 tackles in 2013 and will look to build on that total coming off of successful offseason surgery. He will line up as the starting left defensive end this season.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (shoulder) returned to the practice field Wednesday, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Smith was assumed to be healthy, but he had missed the 49ers' first preseason game last week and was absent from training camp. His return Wednesday indicates that he is ready to go and should be available for Sunday's game. Smith will resume his role as the team's starting right defensive end.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wilson has signed with the 49ers, csnbayarea.com reports.
Impact: Wilson, who recorded 12 tackles in seven games with the Steelers last season, joins the 49ers as a depth linebacker, with the team having placed Blake Costanzo on IR.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lattimore (knee/hamstring) is still absent from training camp and is now in jeopardy of starting the season on the non-football-injury list, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Lattimore was expected to come back healthy in 2014, but his knee hasn't fully healed and the hamstring injury he sustained in minicamp is still lingering. The team hasn't issued an update on his status, and it is starting to look like the 2013 fourth-round pick will not be ready for the start of the season.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bethel-Thompson is third on the 49ers' depth chart, Matt Barrows of Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bethel-Thompson is eligible to be placed on the practice squad, so he will be the default third quarterback for the 49ers. Blaine Gabbert and Josh Johnson are battling it out for the backup quarterback position, and the loser of the battle will likely be cut from the team.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams (ankle) was removed from the PUP list Tuesday, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Williams missed nearly an entire year after breaking his ankle last September, but he's finally ready to return to full contact. He'll likely require some time to work back into game shape, but he should compete for the starting spot with Glenn Dorsey (biceps) out for the season.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The 49ers have received interest from teams regarding Boone, who is holding out for a new contract, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: This should come as no surprise, considering Boone is a Pro Bowl guard who can also play the tackle position. The team seems firm in their stance to not give in to Boone's demands, so a trade is a likely situation. Joe Looney would fill in at right guard should a trade be executed.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Snyder left Sunday's practice with an apparent knee injury, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Snyder was playing left guard before limping off of the field. The 32-year-old veteran was expected to be one of the first offensive lineman off the bench this season. The severity of the knee injury is unknown at this point.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson only had one reception for six yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Ravens.
Impact: Although the production from a statistical standpoint wasn't there, Johnson managed to draw two pass interference penalties and also exhibited excellent blocking on running plays. He is currently listed as the third receiver on the 49ers' depth chart.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After Blaine Gabbert's struggles in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens, Johnson could be back in the mix for the 49ers' backup quarterback role, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Johnson completed 6-of-8 passes for 63 yards and also rushed for 15 in Thursday's contest. While neither he nor Gabbert is considered a polished passer, Johnson does provide the element of a ground threat to keep defenses honest. This style of play more resembles current starter Colin Kaepernick's style should he ever go down with an injury. This will be a situation to monitor for the remainder of the preseason.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lloyd (hamstring) returned to practice Saturday, taking part in individual drills, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
Impact: Lloyd missed the 49ers' preseason opener with a minor hamstring injury. He is currently competing for a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cook recorded two tackles and an interception in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens.
Impact: Cook - who has zero career interceptions in 34 games - has been working on his ballhawking skills this offseason, and it showed on the field Thursday. It is generally accepted that rookie first-rounder Jimmie Ward will line up at the nickel spot this season, but Cook's strong offseason will undoubtedly have him in the picture for the team's fourth cornerback spot on the depth chart.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ellington was very active in Thursday's preseason opener, catching three passes for 35 yards and handling the first-team kick and punt return duties.
Impact: Ellington flashed his speed and quickness on both the offensive side of the ball and on special teams. He is not a lock to handle return duties or man the slot, but on Thursday he showed that he is more than capable to do both should the 49ers ask him to.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boldin played seven snaps on the 49ers' opening drive Thursday, but did not have a pass thrown his way in the preseason loss to Baltimore.
Impact: Boldin will start the season as the team's No. 2 wideout opposite Michael Crabtree. Despite being at the seasoned age of 33, Boldin put up his best offensive season since 2008 last year, but a lot of that was out of necessity with Crabtree missing most of the regular season. With Crabtree back in the picture and the addition of Stevie Johnson, Boldin won't be asked to assume as big of a role this year.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lewis was signed by the 49ers on Friday, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Lewis was brought on for preseason depth with Michael Crabtree (hamstring) and Brandon Lloyd (hamstring) being hampered by minor injuries. He would have to really impress the coaching staff to have a shot at making the 53-man roster.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With a strong showing in Thursday's preseason opener, Ward has all but solidified his anticipated role as the 49ers' nickel corner this season, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Ward played 32 snaps Thursday, recording two tackles in the preseason loss to Baltimore. He looked healthy and appears to be completely over the foot injury he had surgery on this offseason. Ward is currently slated to be the 49ers' primary backup at safety this season in addition to the nickel corner role.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobbs - who started Thursday's preseason opener - left the game with an ankle injury, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Dobbs was starting in place of Justin Smith (shoulder) at defensive end. The extent of the injury is currently unknown.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reid only played on one drive in Thursday's preseason opener against the Ravens. He recorded one tackle in the loss.
Impact: Reid had little to prove after a stellar rookie campaign in 2013. He will be the starting free safety come September 7 when the 49ers take on the Cowboys.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lemonier played with the first-team defense Thursday and recorded a sack in the loss to the Ravens.
Impact: Lemonier is expected to fill the void at right outside linebacker when Aldon Smith is inevitably handed a suspension. He will come in on pass-rushing downs while Dan Skuta will handle the short-yardage duties.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dial led the 49ers in tackles Thursday, collecting five and forcing two fumbles in the 23-3 preseason loss to the Ravens.
Impact: Dial was starting with the first unit due to injuries to Glenn Dorsey (biceps) and Ian Williams (ankle). Both players' chances of returning by the season opener are bleak, so Dial is slated to man the nose tackle position going forward.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Skuta and fellow linebacker Corey Lemonier split time at right outside linebacker in Thursday's preseason opener.
Impact: The 49ers are expected to use a combination of Skuta and Lemonier when the suspension of Aldon Smith is finally handed down. Skuta would be in on base formations and Lemonier would be used in pass-rushing situations.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Willis did not participate in Thursday's preseason opener.
Impact: There is no injury to report here, coach Jim Harbaugh simply decided to give his stud linebacker the day off. He is completely over the thumb injury he sustained at the end of the 2013 season.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The 49ers are bracing for Smith to be suspended for six-to-eight games, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.
Impact: Smith has dealt with numerous legal issues since entering the league, and while he will likely avoid spending any time in jail, a suspension is almost certainly forthcoming. While his on-field performance has never suffered, he isn't a great source of tackles in IDP leagues, with just 3.7 per game over the last two seasons.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hampton led the 49ers in carries Thursday, gaining 18 yards on eight carries in the preseason loss to Baltimore.
Impact: With Frank Gore getting being rested and fellow backups Kendall Hunter (knee) and Marcus Lattimore (knee/hamstring) both out with injuries, Hampton was given the lion's share of the carries Thursday. Gore is healthy and Lattimore should be ready by the season opener, so Hampton is nothing but a depth back at this point.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kaepernick completed his only pass attempt for 17 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Ravens.
Impact: Kaepernick was only in for one drive, and Carlos Hyde did most of the damage on the ground. Still, he looked good on his only completion, rolling out on a designed play-action and throwing a dart to tight end Vance McDonald. With new weapons Stevie Johnson and Bruce Ellington at his disposal, Kaepernick will look to improve on a pedestrian 2013 fantasy season.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gabbert struggled in Thursday's preseason opener, completing just 3-of-11 pass attempts for 20 yards and an interception.
Impact: Gabbert didn't look any different than he has with the Jaguars for the past three seasons. It was generally accepted that he was a lock for the backup quarterback position this season, but after the game coach Jim Harbaugh suggested that the situation is murky going forward. This will be a situation to monitor leading up to the regular season.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Starting in place of Frank Gore, Hyde ripped off 39 yards on five carries in Thursday's preseason opener against the Ravens.
Impact: A strong preseason won't push Hyde in front of Frank Gore, but it might help the rookie make a case for a few more touches once the games count. With Kendall Hunter (knee) out for the season, Hyde doesn't have any real competition for the No. 2 role.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crabtree will not play in Thursday's preseason opener due to an undisclosed injury, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: While 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't revealed what Crabtree's injury is, Harbaugh did state it was unrelated to the wideout's foot or Achilles. For now, expect the 49ers to err on the side of caution with Crabtree to ensure he's healthy as the regular season draws closer. While he's sidelined, Steve Johnson should see more work with San Francisco's first-team offense.
Sat. Aug 2, 2014 | STATS
News: A person with knowledge of the injury says San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey has torn his left biceps muscle and will undergo surgery.
Impact: It's unclear how long he might be sidelined. Dorsey left Friday's practice with the injury. The source said Saturday that Dorsey had torn his biceps and would need an operation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced anything about Dorsey's condition. More tests and details are expected post-surgery.