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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.
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.
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.
"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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