Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 11/18/14 11:35pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) has a 21-day practice/evaluation window during which the team will decide whether to activate him or place him on Reserve/Injured. The same window applies to TE Garrett Celek (back), OT Brandon Thomas (knee) and CB Keith Reaser (knee). Head coach Jim Harbaugh did not indicate either way whether Bowman would practice this week.
Huddle Up: Bowman's knee reportedly is still bothering him, but see if he can get on the practice field this week.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 11/14/14 11:52am ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) has a real possibility of missing the entire 2014 season with the torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament suffered last season.
Huddle Up: It's been a tough season for the 49ers and not having one of the NFL's best linebackers is just the latest bad news. Fellow Pro Bowler Patrick Willis was already placed on IR and it appears Bowman could be next.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 11/13/14 4:23pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree was praised by head coach Jim Harbaugh, who said he has no issues with him. Harbaugh said he does not think Crabtree has any issue with how he is used in the team's offense. "I don't think so," Harbaugh said when asked if he thought Crabtree was unhappy in the offense. "Seems to be doing a fantastic job and getting the ball a lot."
Huddle Up: True to Harbaugh's word, Crabtree has been targeted 32 times -- second most on the squad -- over the last five games but has caught only 15 of those targets (47 percent) for 178 yards and one TD.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 11/12/14 9:56am ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman is still having pain in his surgically repaired knee, and he's unsure when he'll be cleared to practice.
Huddle Up: The prospects for returning soon don't sound overly promising for the LB who was injured in the NFC Championship Game.
Patrick Willis - LBPosted 11/11/14 4:10pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) is out for the year and is expected to undergo surgery on his injured toe. Willis was placed on Reserve/Injured earlier Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Huddle Up: Tough blow the Niners' D as they were hoping to get Willis back for the stretch run. Still, third-round rookie Chris Borland is proving to be more than an adequate fill-in, recording 43 total tackles and a sack in three starts.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 11/11/14 6:18pm ET
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree made it a point to voice his frustration about his role in the offense when interviewed about making a big fourth-down catch in the Week 10 win over the New Orleans Saints. Crabtree was pulled from many first- and second-down situations against the Saints. "Third down. I'm a third-down receiver. I mean, I'm like the third option. So I come in and I do my job," Crabtree said.
Huddle Up: Crabtree, who has 40 catches among 68 targets for 424 yards and three TDs this season, has been completely overshadowed by fellow wideout Aquan Boldin (51-of-77 for 635 yards and 3 TDs). He hasn't had more than five catches or 62 yards in a game since Week 3 and doesn't belong in the majority of fantasy lineups -- or even on rosters -- until his production ramps up.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 11/10/14 7:48pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) may be able to participate in practice in the near future, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Huddle Up: Help is definitely on the way for the Niners' D down the stretch as Bowman, Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith should all be back on the field down the home stretch.
Marcus Lattimore - RBPosted 11/5/14 4:16pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) has informed the team that he plans to retire.
Huddle Up: Sadly, it looks like it just wasn't meant to be for Lattimore, the 2013 fourth-round pick who has been trying to battle back from the two serious knee injuries he sustained at South Carolina.
Marcus Lattimore - RBPosted 11/4/14 10:29am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) has a $1.7 million insurance policy on his contract that will compensate him should Lattimore choose to retire. Lattimore took out the policy during his junior year at South Carolina. In order to collect on the $1.7 million, Lattimore would have to file a claim and to have a doctor physically rule him unable to play.
Huddle Up: Unfortunate that Lattimore could never make it back from the knee injury that prematurely ended his college career, if that is what ultimately happens here.
Patrick Willis - LBPosted 10/30/14 4:48pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) is considered questionable for Week 9, according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Huddle Up: IDP owners take note and wait to see what the prognosis is coming out of Friday's practice.
Marcus Lattimore - RBPosted 10/28/14 3:50pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) will make his season debut on the practice field Wednesday, Oct. 29, and the team will have 3 weeks to evaluate whether to bring him off the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
Huddle Up: It's unclear what kind of role Lattimore would have if activated, but it's ust another item for Frank Gore's fantasy owners to worry about as rookie Carlos Hyde is currently cutting into Gore's already reduced workload.
Marcus Lattimore - RBPosted 10/22/14 3:54pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) will be cleared to practice from the Non-Football Injury list following the team's Week 8 bye. The team plans to activate him to their 53-man roster for the first time in his career. Lattimore has been working his way back from a gruesome right knee injury while in college in October of 2012. He is now weighing 220 pounds after reporting to training camp at 225 pounds, and he thinks he has added quickness.
Huddle Up: Get ready to add another RB to the mix in San Fran, further trimming Fran Gore's touches and fantasy value.
Aldon Smith - LBPosted 10/20/14 10:44am ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was given a nine-game suspension for multiple violations of league policies before the season began. According to multiple sources, there's a chance the suspension could be lifted a game or two early.
Huddle Up: The league has tweaked a few rules this season, reducing a few suspensions along the way, so an early return for Smith is hardly out of the question. The Niners could use some good news on the defensive front, as they've been gutted by injury this season and just got sliced and diced by Peyton Manning.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/17/14 8:11pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7 against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Davis has been practicing all week and is a TE1 this week against the Broncos, despite being a fantasy disappointment so far this season.
Colin Kaepernick - QBPosted 10/14/14 1:20am ET
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick hit a career-long 80-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandon Lloyd with 14 seconds remaining in the first half of the Week 6 game against the St. Louis Rams. Kaepernick threw 2 more TD passes in the second half and finished 22-of-36 for 343 yards and the 3 TDs. He ran for 37 yards on 3 carries and didn't commit a turnover.
Huddle Up: It was easily Kaepernick's best fantasy game of the season and the first in which he's topped 250 passing yards since Week 17 of last season. It also comes just in time for those fantasy GMs wondering whether to pull the plug on the QB as a fantasy starter.
Patrick Willis - LBPosted 10/14/14 10:38am ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) returned to the sidelines with a walking boot on his left foot after leaving the team's Week 6 game with a toe injury.
Huddle Up: Another blow to the San Francisco linebacking corps. It remains to be seen how much time Willis might miss, if any, with the toe injury.
Patrick Willis - LBPosted 10/14/14 8:24pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) is unlikely to play against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Oct. 19, according to a source. Willis sprained his toe Monday, Oct. 13, against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: Just another blow for the already short-handed Niners defense, but they've weathered the storm so far, ranking as the ninth best fantasy D and sixth-best overall D, in terms of total yards allowed. Third-round pick Chris Borland will likely get the starting call if Willis can't go Sunday night in the Mile High City.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/13/14 8:11pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) is active for the Week 6 game against the St. Louis Rams Monday, Oct. 13, and he will start.
Huddle Up: Davis, who missed 2 of the last 4 games and has caught only 5 passes for 47 yards since Week 1, will be back for the Niners, which is great news for Colin Kaepernick owners.
Patrick Willis - LBPosted 10/13/14 11:13pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis has been ruled out for the remainder of the team's Week 6 game after suffering a toe injury in the third quarter Monday, Oct. 13.
Huddle Up: More information as to the extent of the injury to the Niners' leading tackler will be available later, and it's another potential hurdle for a short-handed San Fran LB corps already playing without NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/9/14 10:29pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 9, but he's on pace to play in the team's Week 6 game Monday, Oct. 13.
Huddle Up: Davis has missed 2 of the Niners' past 3 games, but at least he was able to do something Thursday in the team's first practice of the week. If he's going to return to action Monday night, his practice workload should ramp up over the next few days.
Frank Gore - RBPosted 10/8/14 1:55pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore has started 49 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak for running backs.
Huddle Up: After a slow start, which included only 37 touches in his first 3 outings, Gore has reeled off back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and has received 44 touches over his last 2 games. Look for the commitment to continue as the Niners have, perhaps not coincidentally, posted back-to-back wins.
Navorro Bowman - LBPosted 10/7/14 6:50pm ET
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) may return later than originally anticipated, according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Bowman was expected to return Week 6, but Fangio said Bowman 'still has to be out two more games at least, and he'll be out several after that.' Fangio did add that Bowman is doing well in his rehabilitation. Bowman underwent reconstructive knee surgery earlier this year.
Huddle Up: The Niners can't wait for Bowman's return, but Michael Wilhoite has done a creditable job filling in (he's 4th on the team with 20 total tackles), and they've been far from a disaster ranking third against the run with 73.8 yards allowed per game.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/4/14 1:44pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) is not expected to play in Week 5 unless he shows dramatic improvement over the weekend.
Huddle Up: Vance McDonald is also questionable but expected to play against the Chiefs. He'll split snaps with Derek Carrier. Neither is a very appealing fantasy option.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/3/14 8:20pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) did not practice Friday, Oct. 3, and he is listed as questionable for the Week 5 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Davis will be a game-time decision and even if he plays it sounds like he'll be limited this week. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a tight end in Week 5.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/2/14 2:28pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. He said he is experiencing some back spasms, and is listed a 'day to day.'
Huddle Up: Davis sat out Week 3 with an ankle injury, and then departed the Week 4 contest after only 2 catches for 8 yards. Plan on going with another option this Sunday unless the prognosis gets markedly better over the next 2 days.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 10/2/14 8:28pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) did not practice again Thursday, Oct. 2.
Huddle Up: Friday will be more telling as to his Sunday status, but definitely start formulating a backup plan if the outlook doesn't improve.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/29/14 10:17am ET
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) had X-rays on his lower back, which were negative. He is suffering from back spasms and expects to play in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Davis has been all kinds of banged up this season, though the good news here is that he is expected to go next week. Still, you'll have to monitor his status leading up to game time to make sure he's active.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/26/14 6:53pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Sept. 26, and is listed as questionable for Week 4. He will be a game-time decision Sunday.
Huddle Up: There's certainly hope for Sunday as Davis has been able to at least get in some work in each of the last 3 days, but the Niners don't play until the afternoon so the hands of some fantasy owners might be forced before then.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/26/14 9:57pm ET
Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) said his ankle 'feels a lot better,' but he's not ready to say he'll be able to play in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Davis sat out in Week 3. TE Vance McDonald (knee) said he's 'absolutely' confident that he'll play against the Eagles.
Huddle Up: Davis is shaping up to be another game-time decision this week. McDonald would have a good matchup against Philadelphia but only has nine receptions in his 21 career games. He's not on the fantasy radar.
Vernon Davis - TEPosted 9/23/14 7:27pm ET
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) said his ankle is doing much better and he is reportedly looking better with no sign of a limp.
Huddle Up: Davis missed the Niners' Week 3 debacle in the desert, but early signs are pointing toward a return Sunday vs. the Eagles. If so, Davis should be able to get in some practice reps this week.
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