The San Francisco 49ers move some players to the “non-football injury list,” and it includes one notable name, running back Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore of course is still trying to make a comeback from a knee injury in his final season in college football, one that held him out all of his rookie season with the 49ers.
Apparently he still has some recovering to do.
49ers RB Marcus Lattimore to begin training camp on the non-football injury list. Procedural move as RB continues rehab process.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 17, 2014
He won’t be alone on that list
Other 49ers on NFI: WR Bruce Ellington, G Brandon Thomas, C Marcus Martin, DB Keith Reaser. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 17, 2014
“Lattimore still appears to have a ways to go to get back to his pre-injury form, but he made significant progress during the nine weeks of workouts,” according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.
What makes this move interesting is that there were initial reports that the 49ers were going to drop Frank Gore’s carry number to 50, a huge drop off in workload for Gore. A move that would also indicate that some combination of Lattimore and rookie Carlos Hyde would be shouldering the load, but if Lattimore still has a long ways to go, could the 49ers be looking at Hyde to be the starting running back heading into the season?