San Francisco 49ers

Hardy boys? Ailing 49ers should feel better after bye

Patrick Willis and a number of other ailing 49ers are aiming to be back for the team’s next game, Nov. 2 against the Rams.
Patrick Willis and a number of other ailing 49ers are aiming to be back for the team’s next game, Nov. 2 against the Rams. The Bee

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:

LB NaVorro Bowman

Bowman is eligible to return to the practice field next week. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, however, noted that Bowman's ACL surgery occurred in February and that the 49ers won't rush to get him back onto the field. A December return seems like the most likely scenario for Bowman, who did some sprinting before practice last week.

CB Tramaine Brock

Brock was not scheduled to return to the lineup until after the bye week after suffering turf toe in Week 1. Chris Culliver's hamstring injury, however, meant that Brock played against the Broncos. He had perhaps the roughest outing of any 49er in Denver. The good news is that, according to Jim Harbaugh, Brock's toe appeared to emerge from the game in good shape.

CB Chris Cook

He suffered a hamstring strain in the second half of Sunday's game and did not return. He was walking around without a limp in the locker room afterward and should be ok for the upcoming game against the Rams Nov. 2.

CB Chris Culliver

He was dealing with a shoulder injury in the run up to the Denver game and then suffered a hamstring injury, presumably in Thursday's practice, that kept him out of the Friday session and Sunday's game. He is moving without a limp and is expected to be ok for the next game.

TE Vernon Davis

Davis has played in the last two games after suffering a back injury Sept. 28. However, he's appeared tentative since the injury and the last two contests have been two of his worst as a 49er. Davis said he has made steady progress since the injury occurred and the expectation is that he'll be close to normal for the upcoming game.

NT Glenn Dorsey

The 49ers can activate Dorsey, who tore his biceps in early August, after this weekend. At the time, Dorsey was given a 3 1/2-month prognosis, which means he is likely to be healthy enough to play late next month. Dorsey has been a fixture at the team facility and his rehabilitation has gone well. While the 49ers have suffered a number of injuries, none has occurred on the defensive line, which is perhaps their deepest area. With Ian Williams playing well, there is no rush to get Dorsey back on the field early.

C/G Dillon Farrell

He rolled his ankle during the Broncos game but returned. He was walking without a limp afterward. When the season began, the undrafted lineman from New Mexico seemed like he would be cut and placed on the practice squad. However, injuries to Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati and Daniel Kilgore have kept the versatile Farrell on the 53-man squad and it seems like he'll remain there.

C Daniel Kilgore

He suffered a broken left ankle/lower leg when a Broncos linebacker inadvertently landed on the leg Sunday. Kilgore is having surgery today and will be out for the rest of the season. Rookie Marcus Martin will get the first crack at replacing Kilgore at center.

LG Mike Iupati

He was still suffering post-concussion symptoms in the run-up to the Broncos game and did not play. He did, however, warm up before the game, an indication that he is progressing through the NFL's post-concussion protocol. Iupati is expected to be ready for the upcoming Rams game.

RB Marcus Lattimore

He is entering the final phase of his comeback from reconstructive knee surgery in 2012. Lattimore is expected to begin practicing with the team next week. At that point, the 49ers have a three-week window in which they can take him off the non-football injury list and onto the 53-man roster.

NB Jimmie Ward

The rookie nickel back suffered a strained quadriceps in the recent Rams game. He is scheduled to be back for the next Rams game, Nov. 2. With Brock, Culliver, Perrish Cox and Ward all healthy, it will be interesting to see how the 49ers divide the playing time.

LB Patrick Willis

He suffered a strained toe muscle against the Rams and missed Sunday's game against the Broncos. He was still in a walking boot Sunday night but said last week that he hoped to be ready for the rematch with the Rams Nov. 2. Harbaugh on Monday confirmed that that's the plan.

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