San Francisco 49ers

49ers end offseason without major injury; healthy for summer?

Center Daniel Kilgore, who suffered a fractured leg Nov. 10 in Denver, is on schedule to return for training camp.
Center Daniel Kilgore, who suffered a fractured leg Nov. 10 in Denver, is on schedule to return for training camp. AP

SANTA CLARA -- There was the usual string of hamstring strains. And someone stepped on outside linebacker Aldon Smith's foot, causing him to miss the last two days of minicamp. But if you're looking for a good-news scenario for the 49ers in their offseason of bad news, it's this: They made it through the spring season without any major injuries.

Of course, that's expected when there are no pads and no tackling. But it's something they couldn't say in 2013 when Michael Crabtree went down with a May Achilles' tear. And several other teams -- including the Broncos and Jaguars -- lost potential starters to season-ending injuries this spring.

Even better news for the 49ers: They could report to training camp next month with an almost full house. The only player who definitely will not be taking part on Day 1 is draft pick DeAndre Smelter. The rookie wide receiver tore his ACL on November 29 and will spend at least the first half of the season on the non-football injury list.

The others who did not take part in the spring are defensive lineman Darnell Dockett (ACL), center Daniel Kilgore (ankle) and defensive back Jimmie Ward (foot). It's not a given that all three will be ready for the opening day of training camp, but it's possible. And all three are expected to be ready at some point before the season.

Dockett tore his ACL on Aug. 18. He said this week he'd definitely be ready to play against the Vikings Sept. 14 but will not rush back.

“I’m way ahead of schedule for where I’m supposed to be,” he said. “I could go out and practice now if I wanted to. But what’s the point, you know?”

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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