At 20, 49ers rookie Marcus Martin, a third-round draft pick who will be youngest player on the field when he starts at center against the Rams on Sunday, credits defensive teammates for helping him prepare.
The NFL can reduce Aldon Smith's suspension by one or two games. Given that it's now Wednesday and that both the 49ers and Rams are well into their preparation for their upcoming contest, it's safe to say that the reduction won't be by two games.
Monday was the two-year anniversary of the wrenching knee injury that ended Lattimore’s 2012 season and began a grueling rehabilitation process that the running back and the 49ers hope will end next month.
Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey returned to practice today, beginning a three-week window in which the 49ers either must put Dorsey on the active roster or shut him down for the season. Dorsey tore his biceps on Aug. 1, and the team placed him on injured reserve with a designation for return.
Michael Crabtree, whom Jim Harbaugh once said had “the best hands I've ever seen on a wide receiver,” leads the 49ers wide receivers in dropped passes through seven games. According to Pro Football Focus, Crabtree has dropped five of 37 catch-able balls, giving him a 13.51 percent drop rate, which also is the worst among the team's wideouts.
The 49ers enter their bye 1½ games behind in the division, coming off a humbling loss to the Broncos, with an offense that can't seem to settle on an identity and with the future of their head coach cloudy at best.
The 49ers went into Sunday's game limping like a band of zombies. But apart from one notable injury, they are expected to be in far better health when they emerge from the bye. Here's the latest on every ailing 49er:
Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at email@example.com.