San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi's Stadium | Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th167.0 (3rd)214.0 (22nd)
Defense3rd124.0 (20th)157.0 (2nd)
Report: LaMichael James to miss a month with dislocated elbow
by Igor Mello |

49ers running back LaMichael James is expected to miss nearly a month of work because of a dislocated elbow sustained in a pass-blocking drill, the Sacramento Bee reports.

James was carted off the field with the injury on Sunday, just two days after Kendall Hunter suffered a torn ACL. Rookie Carlos Hyde and Jewel Hampton are the only two healthy backup running backs left for San Francisco.

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LaMichael James carted off practice with arm injury
by Igor Mello |

49ers running back LaMichael James was carted off the field during Sunday's practice after sustaining an apparent left arm injury in a pass-blocking drill, the Bay Area News Group reports.

Along with rookie running back Carlos Hyde, James could see an increased role as the backup running back after Kendall Hunter went down with a torn ACL. James carried the ball just 12 times in 2013.

The 49ers will open their preseason Aug. 7 at Baltimore.

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49ers activate a pair
by Larry Hartstein |

The 49ers activated linebacker Aaron Lynch (hamstring) from the physically unable to participate list and center Marcus Martin (ankle) from the non-football injury list.

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Carlos Hyde already 'flashing' in camp
by Larry Hartstein |

49ers general manager Trent Baalke said rookie running back Carlos Hyde already is "flashing" his skills in training camp, reports the San Jose Mercury News. With Kendall Hunter out for the year with a torn ACL, Hyde has a golden opportunity to seize the No. 2 job behind Frank Gore.

However, Hyde has plenty of competition. LaMichael James worked as the No. 2 tailback Saturday, and former practice squad member Jewel Hampton also is off to a great start in camp. Second-year pro Marcus Lattimore will join the battle as soon as he's activated from the non-football injury list.

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GM: Marcus Lattimore 'close' to practicing
by Larry Hartstein |

49ers general manager Trent Baalke said running back Marcus Lattimore has not encountered a setback in his return from reconstructive knee surgery and is "close" to be activated, reports the Sacramento Bee. Baalke didn't provide a more specific timetable.

"He's coming off, as we all know, a horrific injury," Baalke told the paper. "And we want to make sure, as does he, that he's 100 percent mentally and physically ready to go to help this football team, and to give himself the best chance to compete at a high level. ... But as far as setbacks, no."

Lattimore is on the non-football injury list, meaning he's sidelined due to the 2012 injury he sustained in college. Baalke said the issue is partly mental.

"There's a mental hurdle and a physical hurdle you've got to overcome," he said. "And he's close. How close? That remains to be seen."

Asked how the team will know when Lattimore has cleared those hurdles, Baalke replied: "I think the players tell you. Just like Michael Crabtree last year when he was coming back (from an Achilles' tendon tear). It really came down to when he believed in his mind he was ready to go. You can't tell them how they feel. As a player, they know when they're ready."

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