• Aldon Smith - LB
    Posted 8/29/14 4:53pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was suspended for the first nine games of 2014 for violating the policy and program for substances of abuse and the personal conduct policy.

    Huddle Up: This is about what most had been expecting for the player who has totaled the second-most sacks in the league since 2011, although the Niners would've preferred the decision a little sooner. In any case, it looks like San Fran is going to have to make do without their leading 2013 sacker (Smith) and top 2013 tackles leader (NaVorro Bowman) for the first half of the season.

  • Navorro Bowman - LB
    Posted 8/28/14 7:05pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers LB Michael Wilhoite appears to be the leading candidate to start at middle linebacker while LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is out of the lineup.

    Huddle Up: Wilhoite, undrafted out of Washburn University in 2011, got his start in the United Football League and started 2 games last season -- his third with the Niners. He's been impressive so far this preseason, leading the team with 19 total tackles and a sack.

  • Stevie Johnson - WR
    Posted 8/26/14 12:13am ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson has a very good chance to make the 53-man roster, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

    Huddle Up: While Johnson has caught only 2 of his 5 targets for 11 yards in 3 games this preseason, he gives the Niners a veteran option behind starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. That said, if Boldin and Crabtree stay healthy, Johnson will have a minimum fantasy impact at best and won't be useful outside the deepest of leagues.

  • Navorro Bowman - LB
    Posted 8/25/14 10:23pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) and TE Garrett Celek (back) were placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 25.

    Huddle Up: As fully expected, the Niners will have to do without their top 2013 tackler for at least 6 games -- and possibly more -- to open the new season.

  • Marcus Lattimore - RB
    Posted 8/25/14 10:29pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) and OT Brandon Thomas (knee) were placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list Monday, Aug. 25.

    Huddle Up: The long road back just got a little longer for Lattimore, who will miss at least the first 6 games of the season. Meanwhile, second-round pick Carlos Hyde is firmly entrenched behind veteran starter Frank Gore.

  • Brandon Lloyd - WR
    Posted 8/20/14 12:01am ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd has developed a bond with WR Anquan Boldin and is in good position to make the final 53-man roster.

    Huddle Up: Lloyd may be a good bet to make the Niners' final roster and suit up for his sixth team in the last 8 seasons, but that doesn't mean he belongs on most fantasy rosters given the abundance of targets (Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson and TE Vernon Davis) on what's expected to be a run-heavy team once again.

  • Frank Gore - RB
    Posted 8/20/14 6:01pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore said he is playing for a Super Bowl in 2014 and is not thinking about a contract extension. "This year I'm playing for a Super Bowl. I'm not even thinking about an extension," Gore said.

    Huddle Up: More than a few fantasy pundits have already written off the 31-year-old RB, but he could prove to be a mid-round draft steal with an ADP currently in the high 70s.

  • Colin Kaepernick - QB
    Posted 8/19/14 2:23pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick said his left foot sustained a bone chip on the forefoot and a ruptured capsule on the ball in Week 2 of last season. In the following four games, he averaged fewer than 16 rushing yards per contest. The Niners tried to reduce risk for him any way possible until he was at full strength. His production on the ground increased as he healed, and San Francisco allowed him to do designed runs in the postseason.

    Huddle Up: Despite the issue, Kaepernick finished with the fourth-most rushing yards (524) among all QBs last season and he figures to be right up there again this fall -- a key component of his QB1 rank in almost all leagues.

  • Josh Johnson - QB
    Posted 8/19/14 2:36pm ET

    After another poor outing by San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert, sources indicate there has been some talk about QB Josh X. Johnson being moved to the No. 2 slot behind QB Colin Kaepernick.

    Huddle Up: Obviously no Niners' QB has been overly impressive this preseason with the team totaling all of 3 points in 2 outings, but Gabbert, the former 10th overall pick, has been particularly odious with 11 completions in 25 attempts for 60 yards and 2 picks. Johnson, meanwhile, is 8-of-11 for 72 yards and no picks and is trying to make his mark with his fourth team in as many seasons.

  • LaMichael James - RB
    Posted 8/14/14 9:23am ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (elbow) went through a full practice Wednesday, Aug. 13, for the first time since he dislocated his left elbow July 27. He was wearing a non-contact jersey.

    Huddle Up: Sounds like James might be back in the mix sooner than anticipated, though at best he'll be a return man and change-of-pace back while Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde handle the bulk of the workload.

  • Alex Boone - OT
    Posted 8/12/14 9:11am ET

    San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone is drawing trade interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

    Huddle Up: The Niners seem more than willing to move on without Boone, with Joe Looney currently filling his right guard spot. And the Bucs, after getting less than expected out of Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks over the past few seasons and demoting Jamon Meredith following an abysmal outing in the first preseason game, have a glaring need at guard. It's a match made in NFL trade heaven!

  • Michael Crabtree - WR
    Posted 8/9/14 2:56pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (hamstring) should return to practice in the near future, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

    Huddle Up: The 49ers aren't going to rush Crabtree back in the preseason. He already has a good chemistry with QB Colin Kaepernick. The situation should be monitored but as long as Crabtree is ready to go by Week 1, he'll be locked in as Kaepernick's top receiver.

  • Carlos Hyde - RB
    Posted 8/8/14 6:13pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers rookie RB Carlos Hyde ran five times for 39 yards and showed off his skillset in the team's first preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, Aug. 7. Hyde is expected to have a big role in the offense this year behind RB Frank Gore with RBs Kendall Hunter (knee) and LaMichael James (elbow) injured.

    Huddle Up: The second-round pick is certainly deserving of more handcuff draft love with Hunter gone for the season and Gore not getting any younger.

  • Frank Gore - RB
    Posted 8/7/14 10:37pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (undisclosed) did not play in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 7 in Baltimore.

    Huddle Up: With the 31-year-old Gore amassing 1,407 total touches over the last 5 seasons, it's a prudent move by the Niners to leave as many preseason carries as possible for the young guns.

  • Marcus Lattimore - RB
    Posted 8/7/14 10:37pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) did not play in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 7, as he continues to rehabilitate his knee.

    Huddle Up: The extended waiting game continues for Lattimore, opening the door for additional opportunities for second-round pick Carlos Hyde.

  • Glenn Dorsey - DT
    Posted 8/6/14 3:58pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers DT Glenn Dorsey underwent surgery Monday, Aug. 4, to repair his torn biceps, but the team has not decided what to do with him at this point, according to a source. He is expected to stay on the roster for the next month so the team could see how he does during that time. Dorsey could be an option for the Active/Reserve/Injured list, which would make him miss at least the first eight weeks of the season.

    Huddle Up: It's extremely bad timing for the former K.C. disappointment, who is trying to make a better impression by the Bay, but the Niners seem intent on giving him ample opportunity to heal and contribute before making any quick decisions.

  • Kendall Hunter - RB
    Posted 8/5/14 6:46pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) cleared waivers Tuesday, Aug. 5, and was placed on Reserve/Injured.

    Huddle Up: Good news for the Niners, who will welcome the RB back into their mix in the offseason.

  • Kendall Hunter - RB
    Posted 8/4/14 8:19pm ET

    The San Francisco 49ers placed RB Kendall Hunter (ACL tear) on no-recall waivers with a waived/injured designation Monday, Aug. 4.

    Huddle Up: The Niners are going to try to move Hunter through waivers and onto the injured-reserve list, but that's a risky proposition even though the RB is unlikely to play a snap this season.

  • Michael Crabtree - WR
    Posted 8/2/14 11:31am ET

    Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (hamstring) is nursing a sore hamstring, and he should be back within two weeks.

    Huddle Up: Crabtree will miss some practice time and perhaps a preseason game but he's in no danger of missing the season opener. Crabtree should have a big year as Colin Kaepernick's favorite receiver in what is expected to be a more wide-open 49ers' offense this season.

  • Anquan Boldin - WR
    Posted 8/1/14 11:12pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin was ejected from practice Friday, Aug. 1, by head coach Jim Harbaugh for getting into a fight with CB Darryl Morris.

    Huddle Up: Boldin has a reputation for trash talking during games and it's possible that carried over to practice. Boldin represents a nice value pick in PPR leagues at his current ADP of Round 10.

  • Aldon Smith - LB
    Posted 7/31/14 4:58pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday, Aug. 8. Smith is facing a suspension for three felony gun charges and a DUI.

    Huddle Up: The Niners -- and owners in fantasy IDP leagues -- need some clarity on the suspension with fellow LB NaVorro Bowman expected to miss the first half of the season recovering from knee surgery.

  • LaMichael James - RB
    Posted 7/30/14 5:10pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (elbow) will wear a brace on his dislocated elbow and should be ready for the start of the regular season, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

    Huddle Up: While Frank Gore owners would prefer to see their man keep hogging the majority of the work, the Niners certainly can use James' versatility and skills after No. 2 RB Kendall Hunter (knee) was lost for the season just last week.

  • Marcus Lattimore - RB
    Posted 7/29/14 10:32am ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) has not been cleared to practice yet due to lingering concerns about his surgically repaired right knee. However, he appears close to joining his teammates.

    Huddle Up: The Niners drafted a running back in the second round because they weren't sold on Lattimore's recovery yet, a move that at this juncture looks to be a wise one. Anything San Francisco can get from Lattimore would be a bonus, but with all the injuries in the 49ers backfield and Frank Gore in the twilight of his career there may be no better opportunity for Lattimore than right now.

  • Ahmad Brooks - LB
    Posted 7/29/14 8:00pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks restructured his contract to give the team $2 million more in cap space, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: With NaVorro Bowman likely to miss the first half of the season, the Niners will be counting heavily on Brooks, who is coming off career highs last season in total tackles (60), passes defensed (7) and sacks (8.5).

  • Frank Gore - RB
    Posted 7/28/14 1:34pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore is unlikely to play in the preseason this year. RBs Carlos Hyde and Jewel Hampton have both looked good so far during training camp. The injuries to RBs Kendall Hunter (knee) and LaMichael James (elbow) have left the team thin at the running back position. RB Marcus Lattimore isn't practicing yet due to physical limitations and not the mental side of his recovery from a significant knee injury in college.

    Huddle Up: With the 49ers thin at RB, it makes sense that the team doesn't want to risk injury to Gore. Hyde will get plenty of opportunities to shine this preseason and secure a job as the 49ers No. 2 and goal line back this season.

  • LaMichael James - RB
    Posted 7/27/14 8:43pm ET

    Updating an earlier report, San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James suffered a dislocated elbow in practice Sunday, July 27 and was carted off the field.

    Huddle Up: Just when it appeared James was in line for more work following the ACL tear suffered by fellow RB Kendall Hunter last week, the injury bug strikes again in the Niners' backfield. Unlike Hunter, though, James should be able to return to the field, but for now, it means more reps for second-round pick Carlos Hyde behind starter Frank Gore.

  • LaMichael James - RB
    Posted 7/27/14 11:33pm ET

    Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (dislocated elbow) likely will miss the entire preseason but should be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Huddle Up: In the meantime, newcomers Carlos Hyde and/or Marcus Lattimore will have more of an opportunity to establish themselves in the Niners' RB rotation and that very likely could keep James' contributions to a minimum after getting only 44 total offensive touches in his first 2 seasons.

  • Kendall Hunter - RB
    Posted 7/26/14 1:47pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the Friday, July 25, practice, according to a source. Hunter will subsequently miss the entire 2014 season.

    Huddle Up: Hunter was expected to see a bump in workload as a compliment to Frank Gore. Now the Niners will turn to Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde to round out their backfield committee.

  • Vernon Davis - TE
    Posted 7/23/14 2:25pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis has reported to camp Wednesday, July 23, according to an Instagram post from 49ers S C.J. Spillman.

    Huddle Up: So much for talk of Davis holding out. Maybe he and the 49ers are close enough on contract talks that Vernon is comfortable showing up, or maybe he just felt compelled to honor his contract and let the finances sort themselves out later. Either way, it's one less headache for the Niners and for those looking for an elite fantasy tight end.

  • Stevie Johnson - WR
    Posted 7/23/14 10:01pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) passed his physical and has been cleared to practice Thursday, July 23.

    Huddle Up: Johnson will be battling for a role in the 49ers receiver rotation; that he's been cleared to practice means that at least he won't be starting behind the others in the competition.

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