San Francisco 49ers Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Aldon Smith, LB4/18/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Updating a previous item, the 49ers are no longer planning to cut troubled linebacker Aldon Smith. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: Smith has had a laundry list of off-field distractions to deal with over the last two years but he's still one of the most talented pass rushers in football. Let's see if he can take advantage of the second chance the 49ers are giving him.
Aldon Smith, LB4/15/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Aldon Smith's latest run-in with the law could cost him his roster spot with the 49ers. SOURCE: Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News
Insight: It's been a rough offseason for the Niners with Colin Kaepernick being investigated for an incident in Miami and now Smith possibly facing charges for an alleged false bomb threat at LAX. This comes after Smith missed five games last season while going to rehab for alcohol abuse. For all his bad habits off the field, Smith has logged an impressive 42 sacks over his last three seasons.
Brandon Lloyd, WR4/15/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd has been signed by the San Francisco 49ers, the team that originally drafted him in 2003.
Insight: Lloyd didn't play in the NFL last season, but caught 74 balls for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 with New England. He figures to be San Francisco's No. 4 target behind Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.
Colin Kaepernick, QB4/10/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players are being investigated by Miami police about a "suspicious indicent" involving a woman at a hotel earlier this month.
Insight: Miami Police Dept. public information officer Rene Pimentel initially told USA Today Sports that the investigation was for sexual assault but he amended his statement and says that the Special Victims Unit is investigating a "suspicious indicent." "There are no charges, definitely not. There is an investigation," Pimentel said.
Jonathan Martin, T3/11/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: The Dolphins have traded tackle Jonathan Martin to San Francisco. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Miami will receive a conditional draft pick. Martin left the team halfway through last season after being harassed by Richie Incognito and a few of the team's other offensive linemen. Martin was coached by Jim Harbaugh in college so this seems like a good fit.
Blaine Gabbert, QB3/11/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: The Jaguars shipped quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers on Tuesday. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Jacksonville is getting a sixth-round pick for him. Gabbert's only chance to play next season will be if Colin Kaepernick gets injured. He's shown us very little in his first three years in the league (22 TD, 24 INT, 66.4 rating in 28 career games).
Colin Kaepernick, QB3/4/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick was one of the best QBs in the NFL last season and now he wants to get paid like it. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: Kaepernick (21 TD, 91.6 QB rating in 2013) says he wants Jay Cutler money, which would pay him roughly $18 million a year. He'll be a free agent in 2015, though if a deal isn't reached, San Francisco could always place the franchise tag on him.
Anquan Boldin, WR2/23/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: The 49ers are close to re-signing wide receiver Anquan Boldin. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Boldin was sensational last season, hauling in a team-high 85 catches for 1,179 yards. Fantasy owners shouldn't be worried about Boldin's age (33) but it's worth noting that most of Boldin's numbers in 2013 came with Michael Crabtree (torn Achilles) out of the lineup. Crabtree being back at 100 percent could spell trouble for Boldin in 2014.
NaVorro Bowman, LB1/20/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: An MRI revealed that San Francisco linebacker Navorro Bowman suffered a torn left ACL and MCL during the NFC Championship Game Sunday. SOURCE: espn.com
Insight: Bowman will have surgery to repair the ACL, but the MCL is expected to heal on its own. A source told Adam Schefter that Bowman is expected to return for the start of the 2014 season, but that seems overly optimistic. One of the top linebackers in football, Bowman has recorded at least 140 tackles in three straight seasons and had five sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and one touchdown in 2013 while making the NFL All-Pro first team.
Ahmad Brooks, LB1/17/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Niners linebacker Ahmad Brooks missed Wednesday's practice due to illness, but was back on the field Thursday, according to a San Jose Mercury report.
Insight: Brooks was never in danger of missing Sunday's game. He's the least known member of one of the league's best linebacking corps along with Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith.
Carlos Rogers, CB1/16/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: San Francisco CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring) sat out Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Carolina, but returned to limited practice on Wednesday and is questionable for Sunday versus Seattle.
Insight: We're still not sure whether Rogers will be ready to be an every down cornerback so we will continue to monitor his progress. The 49ers haven't missed a beat on defense despite a number of injuries.
Frank Gore, RB1/16/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore is dealing with a sore knee, but is probable for Sunday's NFC Championship against Seattle.
Insight: Gore had a tough day against Carolina, but still managed 92 yards from scrimmage. He faces another tough run defense Sunday as Seattle yielded the fewest total yards this season (4,378) and seventh fewest rushing yards (1,626).
Michael Crabtree, WR1/16/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Michael Crabtree's wrist has landed him on the injury report, though he is expected to be ready for Sunday's NFC Championship against Seattle, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
Insight: Crabtree struggled against Carolina after a big day versus the Packers in the Wild Card round. He's Colin Kaepernick's favorite target.
Will Tukuafu, FB/DT1/13/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Fullback Will Tukuafu suffered an MCL sprain in Sunday's game against Carolina and is questionable for the NFC Championship against Seattle.
Insight: Tukuafo was filling in for Bruce Miller meaning if he can't play the 49ers could be down to their third-string blocker/fourth-string running back Anthony Dixon.
Anquan Boldin, WR1/12/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Niners wideout Anquan Boldin came to play Sunday against Carolina.
Insight: The veteran led all receivers with 136 yards on eight catches. Boldin didn't score in the game as Captain Munnerlyn pulled him down at the two after breaking off a 45-yard gain in the third quarter. Going back to last season, Boldin has caught 30 passes for 516 yards in his last five playoff games. His teams (he played for the Ravens in 2012) have won all five games.
Carlos Rogers, CB1/12/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: San Francisco CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring) will sit out Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Carolina.
Insight: Rogers missed the 49ers' win over Green Bay in the Wild Card round. Carolina's receiving corps is also limited with Steve Smith playing with a sprained PCL.
Carlos Rogers, CB1/10/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: Forty-Niners CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring) missed Sunday's game with Green Bay and is not likely to return Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Carolina though he is still listed as questionable.
Insight: Rogers missed another practice Friday. The good news is that the Carolina receiving corps may also be limited if Steve Smith can't run.
Carlos Rogers, CB1/6/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Forty-Niners CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring) missed Sunday's game with Green Bay and is is questionable for Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff against Carolina.
Insight: Rogers hamstring probably would have had a tough time in five degree weather. He'll have a better chance to play in Carolina this weekend. He's a top corner when healthy.
Colin Kaepernick, QB1/5/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn't have a ton of success throwing the football Sunday against the Packers (16-for-30, 227 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) but he made up for it by running the ball seven times for 98 yards.
Insight: Kaepernick's longest run of the day came on a 42-yard sprint in the second quarter. With the victory, Kaepernick improved to 3-1 in his career in the postseason.
Michael Crabtree, WR1/5/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Michael Crabtree continues to be Colin Kaepernick's preferred target. The 49ers wideout totaled 125 yards on eight catches Sunday in a win over Green Bay.
Insight: Crabtree owns the Packers. In five career games against them, he's averaged 88.4 ypg. Next week, the Niners are headed to Carolina for a date with the Panthers. Crabtree corralled four passes for 31 yards when he faced them back in 2010.
Carlos Rogers, CB1/2/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Forty-Niners CB Carlos Rogers' hamstring isn't as severely injured as first thought, according to the team's website.
Insight: Rogers missed Wednesday's practice and was expected to try to get on the field for Thursday. He's questionable for Sunday against Aaron Rodgers and Co. Facing Jordy Nelson, James Jones and a healthy Randall Cobb could be tough without Rogers.
Mario Manningham, WR12/27/2013 7:53:00 PM
Description: The Niners have placed Mario Manningham on season-ending injured reserve.
Insight: Manningham's surgically-repaired knee is still giving him problems. Even if he comes back healthy next season, Manningham is just too big a risk for fantasy owners. He shouldn't be drafted next fall.
Quinton Patton, WR12/23/2013 7:54:00 PM
Description: San Francisco wideout Quinton Patton (foot) will make his first appearance since breaking his foot in Week 4 Monday against the Falcons. Mario Manningham (knee) is inactive.
Insight: The injury robbed the promising rookie of a chance to have fantasy relevance, as the 49ers were desperate for receivers earlier this season.
Michael Crabtree, WR12/15/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree scored his first touchdown of the season Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Crabtree has caught 11 of his 18 targets for 153 yards in three games since making his season debut.
Vernon Davis, TEHot12/15/2013 6:19:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis extended his touchdown streak to five games in Week 15.
Insight: Davis had 79 yards on five catches at Tampa Bay, giving him 49 catches, 805 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games this season. He's one TD away from tying his career high.
Mario Manningham, WRCold12/15/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: As expected, 49ers wideout Mario Manningham will be active for Sunday's game against the Bucs.
Insight: Manningham doesn't have much of a role with the return of Michael Crabtree, so he should not be started. he's the fourth option behind Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.
Frank Gore, RB12/15/2013 11:59:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore was limited in practice while dealing with an apparent ankle injury, but is active for the game against the Tampa Bay
Insight: Gore should be started as always. He's posted double-digit carries in 12 of 13 games this season and should get his normal 13-17 carries a game versus the Bucs.
Joe Staley, T12/2/2013 2:38:00 PM
Description: San Francisco offensive tackle Joe Staley will miss Sunday's game against Seattle with a right knee injury.
Insight: Staley an MRI will tell how many weeks he'll be sidelined. As one of the league's best, his absence will be felt.
Michael Crabtree, WR12/2/2013 11:11:00 AM
Description: San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree ended up playing more snaps than anyone expected - 42 of 67 plays.
Insight: Crabtree missed the Niners' first 11 games while rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon. He caught two of four targets for 68 yards. If the 49ers continue to increase Crabtree's snap count over the next games, Crabtree could be a viable fantasy playoff option.
Vernon Davis, TE12/1/2013 7:42:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis caught a touchdown for the third straight game Sunday against the Rams
Insight: Davis had 82 yards on four catches in the game, giving him 42 receptions, 705 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games this season. He's the best fantasy tight end not named Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham.
Michael Crabtree, WR12/1/2013 7:39:00 PM
Description: San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree had two catches for 68 yards on four targets in his season debut Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: Crabtree missed the Niners' first 11 games while rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon. His day would have been quiet had he not hauled in a 60-yard bomb. The 49ers likely will continue to increase Crabtree's snap count over the final four games.
Frank Gore, RB12/1/2013 2:59:00 PM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore was limited in practice while dealing with an apparent ankle injury, but is active for the game against the Rams.
Insight: Gore played less than his normal workload in the 49ers Monday night win over Washington due to the ankle, but should be ready for normal usage versus St. Louis on Sunday.
Michael Crabtree, WR11/29/2013 6:37:00 PM
Description: It's official. San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree will make his season debut Sunday against the Rams. SOURCE: Matt Maiocco, Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
Insight: Crabtree missed the Niners' first 11 games while rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon. Similar to Percy Harvin two weeks ago in Seattle, he's likely to be on a snap count. This week we have him at No. 49 in our TSN wide receiver rankings.
Frank Gore, RB11/29/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: San Francisco running back Frank Gore was limited in practice while dealing with an apparent ankle injury.
Insight: Gore played less than his normal workload in the 49ers Monday night win over Washington due to the ankle, but should be ready for St. Louis on Sunday.
Michael Crabtree, WR11/26/2013 11:02:00 AM
Description: Niners wideout Michael Crabtree (Achilles) is expected to be activated from the PUP list Tuesday and play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Insight: Crabtree has been practicing for several weeks and could be a flex option against the Rams' 22nd-ranked pass defense in Week 13. He'll likely ramp up his workload over the next few weeks and could be a major factor by Weeks 15 and 16.
Mario Manningham, WR11/25/2013 8:39:00 PM
Description: As expected, 49ers wideout Mario Manningham (knee) will be active for Monday's game against the Redskins.
Insight: Manningham was listed as questionable but there was never any doubt about his availability. He should have a chance to do some damage against Washington's 26th-ranked pass defense.
Michael Crabtree, WR11/25/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: Though Niners wideout Michael Crabtree (Achilles) won't play on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter expects he'll return next week against St. Louis.
Insight: Crabtree still hasn't been activated from the PUP list though that could change in the next 24 hours. He's been practicing for several weeks and could be a flex option against the Rams' 22nd-ranked pass defense in Week 13.
Mario Manningham, WR11/25/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: San Francisco receiver Mario Manningham is listed on the injury report as questionable, but he is expected to play Monday night against Washington.
Insight: It's a good matchup for the 49ers passing offense, but Manningham is the No. 3 target behind Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin. He's caught just four passes for 38 yards over the past two games. And the 49ers are one of the most run-oriented teams in the league.
Michael Crabtree, WR11/25/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree, still on the PUP list, should be activated by the Tuesday deadline, but obviously won't play in Week 12 and is questionable for Week 13.
Insight: Crabtree's torn Achilles seems to be healing well, but that doesn't mean he'll play the moment he's moved to the active list.
Ahmad Brooks, LB11/20/2013 2:56:00 PM
Description: Niners linebacker Ahmad Brooks was slapped with a $15,750 fine for his hit on Drew Brees during Sunday's loss to New Orleans. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The satire website, Sports Pickle, mocked the play with a headline reading "49ers stupidly sack a popular QB late, draw penalty, lose." Sadly, that mock headline wasn't far off from the truth. ESPN analysts Ray Lewis and Tedy Bruschi were so fired up about the controversial play that they offered to cover part of Brooks' fine. Time to ante up, fellas.
Vernon Davis, TE11/17/2013 3:04:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (concussion) passed his impact test and is active for Sunday's key matchup with New Orleans.
Insight: Davis has not experienced concussion symptoms and practiced throughout the week. Start him as a top-five tight end.
Vernon Davis, TE11/17/2013 1:05:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (concussion) passed his impact test and is expected to play Sunday afternoon at New Orleans. SOURCE: Matt Maiocco, csnbayarea.com
Insight: Davis has not experienced concussion symptoms and practiced throughout the week, so he should be ready to go Sunday. Start him as a top-five tight end.
Vernon Davis, TE11/16/2013 8:51:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (concussion) is on track to play Sunday against New Orleans, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Insight: Davis has not experienced concussion symptoms and practiced throughout the week. He went through the final step of the NFL's post-concussion protocal -- a simulated impact drill -- Friday. As long as he didn't experience symptoms Saturday, he'll play Sunday.
Michael Crabtree, WR11/16/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh finally acknowledged Saturday that injured 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree is unlikely to play this week against New Orleans. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Crabtree's torn Achilles seems to be healing nicely but coming back in Week 11 was always a bit of a stretch. A return next week versus Washington or the week after against St. Louis would be far more realistic.
Michael Crabtree, WR11/13/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Niners wideout Michael Crabtree still hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game against New Orleans. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
Insight: Crabtree's torn Achilles is fully healed and he's been practicing for almost two weeks. Week 11 is still a longshot for Crabtree but it's a reminder that he should be owned in all formats.
Vernon Davis, TE11/13/2013 3:32:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact participation in practice. SOURCE: Matt Maiocco, csnbayarea.com
Insight: Coach Jim Harbaugh said that Davis is not experiencing any concussion symptoms. The tight end should be able to play Sunday against the Saints.
Vernon Davis, TE11/12/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis says he feels fine just two days after suffering a concussion. SOURCE: Cam Inman, Mercury News
Insight: He seems confident that he'll be cleared to play on Sunday. Only three tight ends in the league have averaged more fantasy points per game than Davis this season (10.1 ppg in standard scoring).
Kyle Williams, WR11/12/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: The Niners released wide receiver Kyle Williams on Tuesday. SOURCE: Adam Caplan, ESPN
Insight: He won't be needed now that Mario Manningham has returned from injury and Michael Crabtree is on his way back too. Williams hasn't had a very productive year. In nine games, he's only reeled in 12 catches for 113 yards. None of those catches went for touchdowns.
Vernon Davis, TE11/10/2013 5:25:00 PM
Description: Niners tight end Vernon Davis suffered an apparent concussion in Sunday's game with Carolina and will not return.
Insight: Davis has been one of the league's top tight ends this season with 29 receptions for 518 yards and seven touchdowns. He'll finish the day with just one catch for two yards.
LaMichael James, RB11/8/2013 12:39:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers backup running back LaMichael James will replace Kyle Williams in punt and kickoff returns in Week 10.
Insight: The team is trying to get James more touches and with little room to run behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter this is the only option available. He's still not likely to produce enough yardage to be fantasy worthy.
Mario Manningham, WR11/6/2013 9:03:00 PM
Description: San Francisco receiver Mario Manningham is not listed on the injury report at all heading into Week 10.
Insight: Manningham tore both his ACL and PCL in December 2012, but he's ready to return. San Francisco wideouts have had trouble separating from defenders this season, so Manningham could emerge as Colin Kaepernick's No. 2 target behind Vernon Davis if he regains his pre-injury form. However, he doesn't need to be added immediately outside of 14-team leagues.
Aldon Smith, LB11/6/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith could be ready to return to game action as soon as this week. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
Insight: Smith hasn't missed a beat since returning from a five-week stay in rehab. Assuming his off the field issues are a thing of the past, Smith should be able to return to the level that made him one of the most feared linebackers in football a season ago.
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB11/6/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Nobody claimed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha during his 24-hour waiver period.
Insight: That makes him a free agent. As disappointing as Asomugha was during his stays in Philadelphia and San Francisco, someone is bound to take a chance on the three-time Pro Bowler at some point.
Michael Crabtree, WR11/5/2013 1:46:00 PM
Description: San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree has officially been cleared to practice.
Insight: Crabtree is recovering from a torn Achilles. He has three weeks to get in shape before the team has to activate him. Week 13 appears to be the target date.
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB11/4/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: The 49ers cut cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on Monday. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Technically, he's been placed on waivers but it's unlikely that anyone would claim him. The 32-year-old has only been active for three games this season.
Mario Manningham, WR11/4/2013 7:26:00 PM
Description: Niners receiver Mario Manningham has been activated from the physically unable to perform list.
Insight: He's expected to start next week's game versus Carolina. Manningham tore both his ACL and PCL in a game 11 months ago.
Aldon Smith, LB10/31/2013 9:53:00 PM
Description: The Niners have officially activated troubled linebacker Aldon Smith. SOURCE: 49ers on Twitter
Insight: Smith missed five games while attending rehab for alcohol abuse. He'll make his return to the field next week against the Panthers.
Colin Kaepernick, QB10/27/2013 6:51:00 PM
Description: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick didn't throw for a lot of yards on Sunday (just 164) but he was still able to reward his fantasy owners by scoring three touchdowns.
Insight: Two of those touchdowns came on the ground. As long as Kaepernick continues to use his legs (294 rushing yards this season), he's going to be a productive fantasy quarterback.
Frank Gore, RBHot10/27/2013 6:49:00 PM
Description: Niners halfback Frank Gore produced another solid fantasy outing Sunday against the Jaguars (19 rushes, 71 yards, 2 TD).
Insight: Gore doesn't have the jets of a C.J. Spiller or a Chris Johnson but he might be the most consistent running back in the league. He's rushed for at least 70 yards in each of his last six games with six end zone scampers over that span. Fantasy owners will miss him when he goes on bye next week.
Frank Gore, RBHot10/20/2013 7:41:00 PM
Description: The Titans held Frank Gore to 70 rushing yards on 24 carries (2.9 ypc) Sunday afternoon, but he had 34 receiving yards on two catches and scored two touchdowns.
Insight: Gore has produced RB1 numbers -- 542 total yards, four touchdowns -- over the last five games after picking up just 95 yards on 33 touches the first two games. He's averaging 21.5 carries per game in four games since he voiced complaints about his usage to coach Jim Harbaugh.
Vernon Davis, TE10/20/2013 3:05:00 AM
Description: Niners tight end Vernon Davis was dealing with a hamstring injury during the week, but is active as expected for Sundfay's matchup with Tennessee.
Insight: Davis was a man among boys last week posting eight catches for 180 yards and two scores and can be counted on this Sunday.
Vernon Davis, TE10/13/2013 8:13:00 PM
Description: Niners tight end Vernon Davis was an unstoppable force Sunday against Arizona.
Insight: Davis broke free for eight catches and a career-high 180 receiving yards in the 49ers' 32-20 win. Davis has scored in every game he's played this season with just one exception: a Week 2 loss at Seattle. As far as tight ends go, you're not going to find many better ones than Davis in San Francisco.
Aldon Smith, LB10/13/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: The 49ers are prepared to play the season without linebacker Aldon Smith. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Smith, who has a history of substance abuse, is currently in a rehab clinic trying to get clean. His off-field issues including two separate arrests, aren't close to being resolved. Football is probably the last thing on Smith's mind right now.
Michael Crabtree, WR10/7/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Jim Harbaugh suspects that 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree will be "game-ready" sometime next month. SOURCE: Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
Insight: Crabtree is still recovering from a torn Achilles. A return in mid-to-late November seems like the most likely scenario.
Ray McDonald, DT10/7/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: San Francisco DE Ray McDonald suffered a biceps injury in the third quarter Sunday night and didn't return to the game.
Insight: McDonald will have an MRI on Monday. Meanwhile, the 49ers are paper-thin on the defensive line, so any long-term loss would be particularly painful.
Patrick Willis, LB10/5/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis is listed as questionable ahead of Week 5's tilt against the Texans, though the team's defensive coordinator Vic Fangio believes he has a better than 50 percent shot at playing on Sunday. SOURCE: Comcast Bay Area
Insight: Willis missed last week's contest against St. Louis because of a pulled groin but he's been practicing all week. Expect the six-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick to be on the field Sunday night at Candlestick Park.
Vernon Davis, TE10/4/2013 9:52:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday night's game against Houston, but he's expected to play.
Insight: Davis missed Week 3 due to the injury but returned last Thursday against the Rams and caught a touchdown. He's had plenty of time to rest his hamstring since then.
Patrick Willis, LB10/3/2013 9:49:00 AM
Description: Niners linebacker Patrick Willis will probably be a game-time decision this week against Houston. SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Insight: Willis sat out last week's game because of a pulled groin. He's making progress but there's no guarantee he'll be ready for Sunday.
John Skelton, QB10/3/2013 9:44:00 AM
Description: The 49ers signed quarterback John Skelton on Tuesday. SOURCE: Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
Insight: He'll be a distant third behind Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy on San Francisco's quarterback depth chart. Unless both of them get injured, Skelton won't see the field this season.
Jon Baldwin, WR9/28/2013 12:31:00 PM
Description: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said receiver Jon Baldwin will see "more action" going forward, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
Insight: Baldwin, a former Chiefs first-round pick who was traded to the 49ers in August for fellow first-round bust A.J. Jenkins, was inactive for the first three games before catching two passes for 19 yards Thursday against the Rams. With rookie Quinton Patton out indefinitely with a broken foot, San Francisco is desperate for receiving help opposite Anquan Boldin.
Mario Manningham, WR9/27/2013 8:48:00 PM
Description: According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, 49ers receiver Mario Manningham (knee) is on track to return to practice after Week 6.
Insight: Manningham isn't likely to be a reliable fantasy option but at least he'll be able to get open consistently, which should help Colin Kaepernick and the rest of San Francisco's passing offense.
Quinton Patton, WR9/27/2013 8:47:00 PM
Description: San Francisco wideout Quinton Patton suffered a fractured foot Thursday against the Rams, according to SFGate.com.
Insight: Patton played often in the first quarter and was likely to assume a more prominent role in the offense going forward as the team's No. 2 receiver, but he'll miss an extended period of time. The rookie won't be placed on injured reserve, so he'll be back at some point.
Patrick Willis, LB9/26/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis is out for Thursday's game versus the Rams.
Insight: He's been battling a groin injury and hasn't practiced all week. It's a huge blow for the 49ers, who will also be without their best pass rusher Aldon Smith (rehab).
Vernon Davis, TE9/26/2013 7:27:00 PM
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis is active for Thursday's contest against St. Louis. He missed Week 3 with a hamstring injury.
Insight: The Niners looked lost without him last week. Davis should see plenty of targets in Week 4.
Frank Gore, RB9/26/2013 4:11:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers tailback Frank Gore (knee) is probable for Thursday's game against the Rams, according to CSNBayArea.com.
Insight: Gore banged his left knee during San Francisco's loss to the Colts Sunday, but he was never in danger of missing Thursday's game. Gore had 82 yards on 11 carries against the Colts but the 49ers went away from the run, leading to Gore having some words with coach Jim Harbaugh Sunday. Look for him to carry the football early and often Thursday against a Rams team that allowed a big game to DeMarco Murray in Week 3.
Vernon Davis, TE9/24/2013 8:49:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) has practiced in a limited capacity in each of the last two days.
Insight: Davis is likely to be a game-time decision again Thursday against the Rams after missing Sunday's game. San Francisco's receivers have had a difficult time getting open over the last two weeks, and a healthy Davis is necessary to open things up.
Patrick Willis, LB9/24/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: San Francisco All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis (groin) said he is "hopeful" that he'll play Thursday against the Rams, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Willis left Sunday's game with a groin injury and doesn't have a lot of time to heal with the 49ers on a short week. With Aldon Smith out while he deals with alcohol issues, the 49ers defense could be down two of its best players Thursday.
Aldon Smith, LB9/23/2013 8:12:00 PM
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is expected to be out for the next month.
Insight: Smith checked himself into rehab after Sunday's loss to the Colts. The 23-year-old was second in the league in sacks last season with 19.5. He has 3.5 sacks in his first three games this season.
Patrick Willis, LB9/23/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: San Francisco All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis injured his groin and is not expected to be available for Thursday's game with St. Louis.
Insight: Willis will have an MRI on Monday night, but with just four days until the next game its unlikely that he can rehab in time. Add in Aldon Smith being placed on the reserve/NFI list and you have a vastly weaker 49ers' defense.
Vernon Davis, TE9/23/2013 3:06:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) did not play Sunday against the Colts and only has a few more days to recover as the team is scheduled for the Thursday night game in Week 4.
Insight: Davis was a true game-time decision, but the team might have held him out to have him ready for the divisional battle with St. Louis. Rookie Vance McDonald caught one pass for six yards in Davis' absence as isn't a fantasy option.
Aldon Smith, LB9/22/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com, 49ers CEO Jed York said after Sunday's game that Aldon Smith will not play Thursday.
Insight: He was arrested for suspicion of DUI Friday, the second alcohol-related incident of his three-year career. He played Sunday against the Colts but could be entering rehab for alcohol abuse. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that Smith's locker at Candlestick Park is "completely empty."
Colin Kaepernick, QBCold9/22/2013 7:21:00 PM
Description: San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick only completed 13-of-27 for 150 yards with a pick and a lost fumble Sunday against the Colts.
Insight: We could excuse Kaepernick's subpar effort last week at Seattle when the Seahawks fans set a new world record for loudest crowd, but this game was at home against a defense that let Terrelle Pryor and Ryan Tannehill post strong numbers in the last two weeks. The 49ers play again Thursday against the Rams, so Vernon Davis (hamstring) doesn't have much time to get healthy after missing Sunday's game. Given the usual sloppiness that comes with Thursday night games, fantasy owners should consider benching Kaepernick in Week 4.
Vernon Davis, TE9/22/2013 3:16:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) will not play Sunday against the Colts.
Insight: Davis has been dealing with a hamstring injury all week and was a game-time decision. Rookie Vance McDonald will draw the start.
Vernon Davis, TE9/22/2013 11:47:00 AM
Description: San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's contest against the Colts. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: San Francisco's game doesn't start until 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, which puts fantasy owners in a tough spot. Tony Gonzalez, Coby Fleener, Martellus Bennett, Heath Miller and Julius Thomas are the other fantasy-worthy tight ends playing in the late games this week.
Vernon Davis, TE9/20/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) hasn't received medical clearance for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Insight: According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Davis seems least likely to play out of all of San Francisco's questionable players. San Francisco's game doesn't start until 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, so fantasy owners could be put in a tough spot if Davis is a game-time decision.
Aldon Smith, LB9/20/2013 2:18:00 PM
Description: According to San Jose Police, 49ers OLB Aldon Smith was arrested early Friday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession after a one-car accident, reports Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Insight: This would be his second DUI as he was also arrested in January 2012. A suspension might be coming, but given the speed of the court system, it probably won't be until next season.
Vernon Davis, TE9/18/2013 12:18:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis' hamstring injury shouldn't be a problem if his tweet is accurate. It said "No need to worry y'all. My leg is feeling great just need a little rest til kickoff."
Insight: Davis and the 49ers had a tough matchup last week, but should rebound against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.
Vernon Davis, TE9/8/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis grabbed two touchdowns and had six catches for 98 yards in Sunday's season-opening win over the Packers.
Insight: We were skeptical that the perennially disappointing Davis could post a top-five TE season after he failed to develop chemistry with Colin Kaepernick last season, but the QB looked Davis' way often Sunday.
Anquan Boldin, WR9/8/2013 7:52:00 PM
Description: Anquan Boldin made his 49ers debut a memorable one with 13 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Wow. Boldin slipped right into Michael Crabtree's spot as the team's No. 1 receiver and looked as though he had played with Colin Kaepernick for years. Fantasy owners who drafted Boldin to be a WR3 have to be salivating.
Colin Kaepernick, QB9/8/2013 7:50:00 PM
Description: Not only did Colin Kaepernick reach 300 yards for the first time in his career Sunday against the Packers, he went off for 412 and three touchdowns.
Insight: Kaepernick gave the Packers nightmares during the playoffs last season with both his arm and legs. He only ran seven times for 22 yards in this one but did more than enough through the air.
Billy Cundiff, K9/3/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Place-kicker Billy Cundiff has been signed by the Cleveland Browns.
Insight: Cundiff was 7-for-12 last season with Washington. He has a career field goal rate of 75.5 percent. He'll certainly have trouble living up to the level of the Browns' kicker from 1999-2012, Phil Dawson, who hit 29-of-31 last season and owned a career 84 percent success rate oon field goals.
LaMichael James, RB8/30/2013 1:31:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers backup running back LaMichael James suffered a sprained MCL, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
Insight: Kendall Hunter is Frank Gore's backup, but LaMichael James has the speed to be a change-of-pace back. He'll likely miss a game or two.
Austin Collie, WR8/26/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: 49ers wideout Austin Collie isn't likely to make the team's final 53-man roster. SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Collie only made one catch in Sunday's preseason game against Seattle. It doesn't look like he's fully recovered from the knee injury that caused him to miss most of last season. Collie probably won't attract much interest from other teams until he gets a clean bill of health.
Colt McCoy, QB8/26/2013 12:35:00 PM
Description: San Francisco backup quarterback Colt McCoy has won the No. 2 job behind Colin Kaepernick, according to coach Jim Harbaugh.
Insight: Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that McCoy can produce at Kaepernick's level if the starter gets injured. The 49ers would likely make big changes to their offensive scheme and McCoy still has yet to show us he's fantasy worthy. There is no handcuff for Kaepernick.
Quinton Patton, WR8/26/2013 12:26:00 PM
Description: San Francisco wideout Quinton Patton got plenty of praise from his starting quarterback after Sunday night's game against Minnesota, according to Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Colin Kaepernick said he knows how to get open and make plays. The 49ers are desperate for a guy like that at the receiver position after losing Michael Crabtree to an Achilles injury. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Patton to watch how this combination develops.
Seneca Wallace, QB8/22/2013 8:37:00 PM
Description: The 49ers added quarterback Seneca Wallace to the roster on Thursday. SOURCE: Matt Maiocco, Comcast Bay Area
Insight: It's the fourth team Wallace has been with in the past 12 months. Even if the journeyman makes the team, he's unlikely to have any fantasy value behind superstar Colin Kaepernick.
Jon Baldwin, WR8/19/2013 1:32:00 PM
Description: The Chiefs traded disappointing receiver Jonathan Baldwin to the 49ers for equally disappointing wideout A.J. Jenkins.
Insight: Many expected Baldwin to have a breakout season in 2012 but it didn't happen. Baldwin did catch 20 balls for 325 yards, but a player with his physical ability should be able to do much more than that. Perhaps coach Jim Harbaugh can get him to buy into the program.
Michael Crabtree, WR8/18/2013 5:14:00 PM
Description: According to SacBee.com, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said the team was encouraged by Michael Crabtree's rehab from a May 21 Achilles' tear.
Insight: Crabtree is still expected to make a return late in the season, but that could come anywhere from late November into December.
Kendall Hunter, RB8/10/2013 2:34:00 PM
Description: San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter, out last season with an Achilles tear, has been activated from the active/PUP list and will practice this week.
Insight: Nine months removed from an Achilles injury, Hunter is the handcuff to starter Frank Gore, although the team is deep at running back with LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon and Marcus Lattimore.
Colt McCoy, QB8/9/2013 12:42:00 PM
Description: San Francisco backup quarterback Colt McCoy will have an MRI on his right shoulder/neck after suffering a stinger in Thursday's preseason game.
Insight: McCoy will only be of use to fantasy owners as a handcuff if Colin Kaepernick gets hurt.
Eric Wright, CB8/8/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: The 49ers have agreed to a one-year deal with cornerback Eric Wright.
Insight: The Niners traded for Wright a few weeks ago but the deal fell through after he wasn't able to pass his physical. The Buccaneers then released Wright, which allowed him to become a free agent. Wright, who tallied 37 tackles for Tampa Bay last season, has been placed on San Francisco's active/non-football injury list.
Chris Culliver, CB8/2/2013 9:24:00 PM
Description: 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: He'll miss the entire 2013 campaign. Culliver notched 47 tackles and two interceptions last season. Tramaine Brock and Perrish Cox will have to play a bigger role in the secondary now that Culliver is gone for the year.
Austin Collie, WR8/2/2013 7:21:00 PM
Description: According to Mike Garafolo from Fox Sports 1, Austin Collie has signed with the 49ers.
Insight: Collie reeled in a combined 15 touchdowns between 2009 and 2010. Since then, he's found the end zone once in 17 games. He gives the Niners some extra depth at receiver but that's about it.
Patrick Willis, LB8/1/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is dealing with a fractured right hand.
Insight: Schefter called it a "slight" fracture and said that Willis will play through the injury. Willis dealt with the same injury back in 2007 and ended up winning Rookie of the Year honors. That, ladies and gentleman, is called toughness.
Marcus Lattimore, RB7/23/2013 12:05:00 PM
Description: The 49ers 2013 fourth-round draft pick, running back Marcus Lattimore (ACL, MCL), has already been put on the PUP list, but appears to be well ahead of schedule, according to a Yahoo Sports report.
Insight: The 49ers selected the most talented back in the draft for a couple of years down the road since many doctors didn't think he'd even be walking for a year. He's apparently already running, though he will not be ready to practice at the 49ers camp opening. He's another Dr. James Andrews miracle.
Eric Wright, DB7/22/2013 4:02:00 PM
Description: Eric Wright failed his 49ers physical on Monday. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL Network
Insight: Wright was sent to the 49ers in a trade last week. After Wright was returned to the Bucs, Tampa Bay immediately cut him. Wright was expected to start opposite Darrelle Revis in Tampa, but off-the-field issues were his downfall.
Eric Wright, DB7/20/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Defensive back Eric Wright was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a draft pick.
Insight: Wright was expected to start opposite Darrelle Revis in Tampa, but will now try to work in with a much better 49ers defensive unit. San Francisco now has a lot of talent in their secondary with the arrival of Wright and Nnamdi Asomugha in the offseason.
Michael Crabtree, WR7/19/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Latest estimates for 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (torn Achilles) is that he'll miss 10-12 regular season games, according to Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: If your fantasy league runs through Week 13 with the next three weeks for the playoffs, Crabtree could return at a key time. Someone in your league will make him a late-round selection and could reap the rewards in the playoff. Why not make that person you?
Anquan Boldin, WR7/16/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: According to SacBee.com, 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin looked as if he'd been playing with QB Colin Kaepernick for 10 years rather than a few weeks this spring.
Insight: With Michael Crabtree out for most or all of the 2013 season with a complete tear of his right Achilles' tendon, Boldin, along with tight end Vernon Davis, will see plenty of targets from Kaepernick. Crabtree saw 10.4 targets per game during Kaepernick's nine starts (including playoffs) last season.
Michael Crabtree, WR7/2/2013 2:35:00 PM
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is on to the next phase of his recovery (working out in a gym) after surgery to repair a torn Achilles six weeks ago, according to his latest tweet.
Insight: Crabtree still shouldn't be drafted as he's many months away from a return to the field. It's possible he'll get back before the end of the regular season, but there are no guarantees.
Justin Smith, DE6/19/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: The 49ers and right end Justin Smith have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension. SOURCE: Matt Maiocco, Comcast Bay Area
Insight: He's under contract through 2015. Smith struggled with injuries last season but still managed 66 tackles and three sacks in 14 games.
Vernon Davis, TE6/19/2013 1:53:00 PM
Description: San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis practiced exclusively with the wide receivers during the team's minicamp, according to PressDemocrat.com.
Insight: Davis could play more on the outside this season due to Michael Crabtree's injury. Anquan Boldin, the 49ers' No. 1 receiver, plays his best football in the slot. There's no denying Davis is one of the most physically gifted players in the NFL, but that hasn't often translated to fantasy success during his seven-year career. He's only reached 800 yards twice and double-digit touchdowns once.
Marcus Lattimore, RB6/1/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: The 49ers fourth-round draft pick, running back Marcus Lattimore, has sign a contract with the team, but will likely spend the season on injured reserve.
Insight: The 49ers selected the talented back from South Carolina for a couple of years down the road as they have plenty of talent on their current roster with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James. Only keeper league owners should be interested in Lattimore this season.
Anquan Boldin, WR5/28/2013 8:20:00 PM
Description: San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday that receiver Anquan Boldin has "picked up the system fast," according to SacBee.com.
Insight: Boldin caught several passes from Colin Kaepernick during practice Tuesday and was the top target for the team's other three quarterbacks. With Michael Crabtree possibly out for the season due to an Achilles' tendon tear, Boldin will be the No. 1 receiver. Crabtree saw 9.4 targets per week and compiled 41 catches, 595 yards and five touchdowns in seven games after Kaepernick became the starter last season.
Michael Crabtree, WR5/22/2013 6:35:00 PM
Description: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told Mercury News reporter Cam Inman that he doesn't expect injured wide receiver Michael Crabtree to miss the whole season.
Insight: Crabtree had successful surgery to repair a torn Achilles on Wednesday. Former Raven Anquan Boldin should see more targets while Crabtree is on the shelf.
Michael Crabtree, WR5/22/2013 2:02:00 PM
Description: San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree has suffered a torn Achilles tendon, according to a USA Today report.
Insight: That could end his 2013 season before it begins or at least reduce him to half a season. The receiver had 1,105 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 85 catches in 2012, all career highs.
Marcus Lattimore, RB5/11/2013 2:10:00 PM
Description: The 49ers fourth-round draft pick, running back Marcus Lattimore, is not likely to play at all this season.
Insight: The 49ers selected him for a few years down the road as they have plenty of running back talent on their current roster with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James. Only keeper league owners should be interested in Lattimore this season.
Marcus Lattimore, RB4/27/2013 6:11:00 PM
Description: The 49ers used their fourth round draft pick on South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.
Insight: It remains to be seen whether Lattimore can come back from his latest knee injury. He seems confident that he'll be ready for Week 1 against the Packers.

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