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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.

Navorro Bowman - LB Posted 7/22/14 1:12pm et
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) will likely return to action in Week 9 after the team's Week 8 bye, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
Huddle Up: That's been the most realistic date all along even if it does wipe out half a season for his IDP league owners.

LaMichael James - RB Posted 7/21/14 1:53am et
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James could have trouble making the roster this year, according to ESPN.com's Bill Williamson. Williamson believes RB Frank Gore, RB Carlos Hyde, RB Marcus Lattimore, RB Kendall Hunter and FB Bruce Miller will make the roster.
Huddle Up: Two years ago at this time, the second-round pick was a hot fantasy commodity, but he's produced only 44 offensive touches -- and no TDs -- in 2 seasons, and the Niners have tried, unsuccessfully, to trade him this offseason.

Bruce Ellington - WR Posted 7/20/14 7:39pm et
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington suffered an undisclosed injury while working out on his own, but it is not believed to be serious. Ellington will start training camp on the Non-Football Injury list.
Huddle Up: While the injury may not be serious, the preseason implications are if the fourth-round pick misses much time in his bid to secure playing time at a suddenly fairly stacked position on the Niners' roster.

Marcus Lattimore - RB Posted 7/18/14 1:30am et
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) will start training camp on the non-football injury list as he continues to rehabilitate his knee.
Huddle Up: This lends some pre-camp clarity to the Niners' backup RB situation but not much as Kendall Hunter, second-round pick Carlos Hyde and LaMichael James are all still stacked behind Frank Gore.

Vernon Davis - TE Posted 7/14/14 6:13pm et
It is believed that San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis is leaning toward not reporting for training camp on time because of his contract situation, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Nothing to get too worked up about yet, though if you're trying to buy low on Davis in a dynasty league you could start planting seeds of worry in the Davis owner. If and when Davis doesn't show up for workouts in August... then you can start to worry. But after paying Colin Kaepernick this offseason it would be shocking if the Niners don't come correct for his most reliable receiver as well.

Frank Gore - RB Posted 7/9/14 9:35pm et
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore should see around 220 carries this season, according to ESPN.com's Bill Williamson. Gore carried the ball 276 times last year.
Huddle Up: It's no surprise Gore's touches are in decline, given his advancing age and the Niners' ever-expanding stable of young runners. The projected 276-to-220 drop would cost Gore about four carries a game and leave him on the wrong side of 15, which is why his fantasy value is taking a similar nosedive.

Brandon Lloyd - WR Posted 7/6/14 8:52pm et
San Francisco 49ers WRs Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd likely will compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job during training camp.
Huddle Up: A big-name battle to be sure, but it might not matter much in fantasy with WRs Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin and TE Vernon Davis all ahead in the Niners' pass-receiving pecking order. Last season, that trio accounted for 156 of the team's 244 completions, and that was with Crabtree limited to 5 games coming back from injury.

Vernon Davis - TE Posted 7/3/14 4:31pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis' holdout for a new contract should not be impacted by Jimmy Graham being ruled as a tight end, according to a source. Davis lined up as a tight end more than a wide receiver in 2013 and has freely admitted that he is a tight end. The 49ers don't appear inclined to give Davis a new deal. He is currently the third-highest paid tight end. San Francisco veterans report to training camp July 24.
Huddle Up: There's been a lot of smoke so far, but don't expect any sort of lengthy or impactful holdout this preseason from fantasy's No. 2- ranked TE of 2013.

Stevie Johnson - WR Posted 6/27/14 12:36am et
San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson needs to have a good camp to justify the team awarding him the No. 3 wide receiver position, in the opinion of Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Huddle Up: Johnson is only one injury-addled year removed from a run of three straight seasons with at least 76 receptions, 1,004 yards and 6 TDs in Buffalo so a fresh start sparking a return to form certainly isn't out of the question.

Kendall Hunter - RB Posted 6/27/14 12:36am et
The San Francisco 49ers may consider RB Kendall Hunter as their No. 2 running back at this point, because they know he does well in pass protection and blitz pickup. The team has not seen RB Carlos Hyde and RB Marcus Lattimore in pads at this point and is not sure about their pass protection skills.
Huddle Up: Experience is clearly on Hunter's side, but his total touches and yards from scrimmage have declined in each of his three seasons and expect Hyde, a second-round pick, to get every opportunity in training camp to win the No. 2 gig behind aging vet Frank Gore.

Aldon Smith - LB Posted 6/26/14 8:26pm et
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith is unlikely to be available for the start the 2014 regular season as he is likely facing a suspension after pleading no contest to DUI and multiple felony weapons charges. Smith is unlikely to face jail time if he can stay out of trouble for the next month.
Huddle Up: Definitely look for the commish to mete out some punishment, likely of the 2-4 game-ban variety.

Quentin Patton - WR Posted 6/22/14 7:49pm et
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton stood out at the team's recent minicamp. "He looks good," WR Anquan Boldin said. "He's not hampered by the foot injury anymore. He's out there having fun, playing football. You can see he's a lot more comfortable now."
Huddle Up: With only 3 receptions in 6 games, you can write off Patton's 2013 rookie season as a lost cause, but he's going to have to show much improvement to crack the Niners' improved WR rotation, which now includes ex-Buffalo Bill Stevie Johnson and fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington.

Anquan Boldin - WR Posted 6/21/14 12:51am et
San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin was a full participant in minicamp this week. Boldin and QB Colin Kaepernick spent time together in March, and the two have enhanced their chemistry. "Communication is a lot better. We're on the same page. We're seeing things. We're talking. It's just back and forth communication," Boldin said.
Huddle Up: The Niners continued to upgrade their receiving corps in the offseason and they expect to have a healthy Michael Crabtree for the full slate, but Boldin still looks to be a security blanket for Kaepernick--one capable of putting up some very nice PPR numbers.

Vance McDonald - TE Posted 6/19/14 2:11am et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald is expected to see more opportunities in the passing game this year after a great showing in the blocking game in his rookie season, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Roman likes the fact that McDonald has plenty of experience now as a versatile tight end.
Huddle Up: McDonald will get plenty of looks if Vernon Davis holds out, and it's no surprise the team is talking up their alternatives at the position while Davis is angling for a new deal. For those drafting earlier in the summer, McDonald might be a shrewd hedge bet in the later rounds if an early pick is spent on Davis.

Greg Roman - OC Posted 6/19/14 3:08pm et
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman says his offense will be different in 2014. 'Starting with the beginning of the offseason, we as the offensive staff, after three years here, it's time to clean out the garage type of thing.' said Roman. 'We went through everything we've done and really stripped it back down to it most element, basic parts and start over at square one.' The offense has added WRs Brandon Lloyd, Bruce Ellington and Stevie Johnson.
Huddle Up: Could this mean more passing and less rushing for the team that has led the league in total rushing attempts (1,495) over the past three seasons?

Vernon Davis - TE Posted 6/17/14 2:07pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis is indeed absent for the first day of the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 17, according to a league source. Davis is holding out for a new contract. Davis also skipped the team's voluntary organized team activities earlier this month.
Huddle Up: Now that Davis is missing mandatory workouts, we'll see if this causes any noticeable change in the Niners' stance. The guess here is that it doesn't -- for the time being.

Vernon Davis - TE Posted 6/16/14 10:35am et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis admitted he's holding out for a new contract because he believes he is outplaying his current deal. 'It's all about getting paid what you deserve,' Davis said. 'It's not that complicated. I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working towards that goal, but I have to worry about my future first.'
Huddle Up: The Niners just extended the contract of Davis' quarterback; let's see how quick they are to extend Davis' deal. Maybe they want to wait until Jimmy Graham sets the bar--or maybe they want to get a deal done before that happens.

Frank Gore - RB Posted 6/16/14 10:35am et
San Francisco 49ers rookie RB Carlos Hyde will likely receive more work behind starting RB Frank Gore than will second-year player Marcus Lattimore (knee), who is recovering from a major knee injury.
Huddle Up: Lattimore has yet to show the pre-injury ability in San Francisco, which is partly why the Niners spent a second-round pick on Hyde. Both could eventually move into the backfield currently led by Frank Gore, though Hyde seems the more likely immediate successor and therefor the better fantasy option at this juncture.

Vernon Davis - TE Posted 6/12/14 11:04pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis said he plans to report for the team's mandatory minicamp next week. Davis has skipped the organized team activities because it is believed he is not happy with his contract.
Huddle Up: Davis still has 2 years remaining on his current deal so this situation could prove to be much ado about nothing.

Vernon Davis - TE Posted 6/5/14 10:15pm et
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis will not fully commit to attend the team's mandatory minicamp that will run from June 17-19. 'If it's mandatory, I think I should be there,' Davis said. 'My foot could get stuck in the grass, and I may not be able to get out ... but if it's mandatory, I think I should be there.' Davis is seeking a new contract.
Huddle Up: Davis still has 2 years remaining on his 5-year, $36.75 million deal, and the Niners haven't appeared too concerned about the missed voluntary workouts. That could change though if the TE is MIA in minicamp.

Colin Kaepernick - QB Posted 6/4/14 4:48pm et
The San Francisco 49ers reached an agreement with QB Colin Kaepernick on a six-year extension worth $126 million that will keep him with the team through the 2020 season, according to sources. He'll receive $60 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Nice money for Kaepernick, as the 49ers lock him in for the next half-dozen years. Makes it easier for the Niners to plan out their offense going forward.

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