• Vernon Davis - TE
    Posted 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 - TE
    Posted 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 - TE
    Posted 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 - TE
    Posted 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.

  • Vernon Davis - TE
    Posted 9/20/14 1:43pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) could be a game-time decision for Week 3. Davis said he was encouraged with how he felt after some light running and catching drills Friday, Sept. 19.

    Huddle Up: The 49ers play Arizona in the late game Sunday, so fantasy owners will need to have another option ready if Davis can't play. Derek Carrier would get the start in his place with Vance McDonald unlikely to suit up against Arizona.

  • Vernon Davis - TE
    Posted 9/18/14 11:01pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

    Huddle Up: Davis has been unable to give it a go in either of the team's practices this week, and is looking doubtful for Sunday unless he can turn things around in a hurry Friday.

  • Vernon Davis - TE
    Posted 9/17/14 12:58am ET

    San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) has a deep bone bruise but no structural damage to his ankle, and the team is optimistic he will be able to play in Week 3.

    Huddle Up: Rare good injury news in a week filled with carnage. Davis will likely have to show something in practice this week, but plan on having him available Sunday for now.

  • Vernon Davis - TE
    Posted 9/15/14 10:22am ET

    San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the second half of the Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears and did not return. He finished with three receptions and 39 yards.

    Huddle Up: No word on the severity of the injury, but the Niners could have used him late in the game as they attempted to rally so it must be relatively significant. We'll await word from the Niners as Davis gets checked out.

  • Michael Crabtree - WR
    Posted 9/5/14 7:42pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (calf) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 5, and is listed as questionable for Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.

    Huddle Up: Crabtree is fully expected to start against one of the worst defenses in the NFL on paper. He's locked in as a high-end WR2 this week.

  • Michael Crabtree - WR
    Posted 9/4/14 10:33pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree was a limited participant in practice because of a calf injury Thursday, Sept. 4.

    Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs counting on a healthy Crabtree after he missed most of last season recovering from an Achillies' tear are back to monitoring injury reports before the season even begins. See if Friday's prognosis is any brighter.

  • Alex Boone - OT
    Posted 8/31/14 5:44pm ET

    San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone will end his holdout and return to the team within 24 hours after reworking a two-year deal Sunday, Aug. 31.

    Huddle Up: A key cog for the 49ers' ground game is returning just in time for the games that count.

  • 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.

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