Running back Marcus Lattimore “is working through something” and will be limited in the team’s three-day rookie minicamp, Jim Harbaugh said today. Harbaugh stressed that the issue wasn’t serious and was unrelated to the severe right knee injury Lattimore suffered at South Carolina in October 2012. “(He’ll be) going at the speed the doctors allow him and his body allows him to go,” Harbaugh said.
As is his custom, the 49ers head coach would not divulge the exact nature of the injury. On Monday, however, Lattimore said that he was experiencing soreness in both legs, including his right one. He saw this as a positive sign. “I'm excited about it,” he said. “About six, seven months ago, it would just be my left leg that would be sore. Now i'm balanced on both legs. Feeling good, man.”
Lattimore had been going full speed prior to the current camp. “The days that he was full speed, (he) looked very good,” Harbaugh said. Harbaugh also said Lattimore was noticebly better than he was during the three-week window in which he was permitted to practice last season. “Again, he's improved to where he was the last time we saw him in those practices in the end of the season,” Harbaugh said. “Yes, he's quick and faster."
The running backs at the rookie minicamp include Lattimore, second-round pick Carlos Hyde and former Stanford player Anthony Wilkerson.
Et cetera -- Southern Illinois’ Kory Faulkner is the only true quarterback at the camp. Harbaugh, however, said that receiver Bruce Ellington might take some snaps as a quarterback. Ellington played the position at Berkeley High in South Carolina. He played only three years of wide receiver at the University of South Carolina because he spent his freshman season playing basketball only.
Faulkner, incidentally, cited Ellington when he was asked which receivers have stood out to him so far. “I think Bruce Ellington’s pretty talented,” Faulkner said. “He’s definitely someone that, when you get the ball in his hands, he’s going to make a lot of plays.”
* The team signed OL Brandon Thomas, the last of their third-round picks, to a four-year contract. The only draft picks that remain unsigned are C Marcus Martin and WR Bruce Ellington.
* Harbaugh said that first-round pick Jimmie Ward will be able to go through walk-throughs but not practices. Ward is recovering from a foot injury and should be full speed for training camp.
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