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49ers notes: Lattimore’s future in doubt; Borland impersonates Willis

Rams running back Benny Cunningham is tackled by Chris Borland, left, and Antoine Bethea of the 49ers.
Rams running back Benny Cunningham is tackled by Chris Borland, left, and Antoine Bethea of the 49ers. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Running back Marcus Lattimore is expected to meet with 49ers officials today to discuss his future with the team.

Lattimore, who is two years removed from reconstructive surgery on his right knee, missed Friday’s practice and was not on hand for Sunday’s game. He practiced for the first time this season Wednesday and Thursday but apparently suffered a setback Friday that had him questioning his future.

The 49ers wanted to give the second-year running back the weekend to think about whether he wants to continue.

“Did not see Marcus,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday when asked if Lattimore was on hand for the game. “I’m sure we’ll have an announcement about that.”

Teammates, including Lattimore’s former South Carolina teammate Bruce Ellington, said they hadn’t seen Lattimore since last week. Calls to Lattimore over the weekend were not returned.

“The last time I talked to him was the other day, so I really don’t know,” Ellington said.

The 49ers hoped Lattimore could be added to the mix of tailbacks that currently includes only Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde. Ellington lined up in the backfield on several plays Sunday but did not have any carries.

Another tailback, Kendall Gaskins, is on the practice squad.

Borland’s big day – Linebacker Chris Borland filled in for the injured Patrick Willis for the second straight game and finished with a game-high 18 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage.

It was the most tackles by a 49er since Willis had 18 last year against the Atlanta Falcons.

“I thought he played great,” fellow linebacker Michael Wilhoite said. “He made a bunch of big plays; he made a bunch of tackles. I think he’s only going to get better. … My hat’s off to him. I thought he was out there holding his own and more.”

Borland, however, was upset over a blown assignment late in the second quarter that gave the Rams an easy touchdown. On the play, receiver Kenny Britt dragged across the middle of the field and Borland was supposed to pursue him.The linebacker was late, and Britt scored on a 21-yard play, tying it 10-10 at halftime.

“That’s our assignment, and I should have played it better,” Borland said.

Willis has a strained left big toe. He practiced every day last week but said Friday he wouldn’t play if he didn’t think he could help the team win.

Boldin to 900 – Anquan Boldin’s 14-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter was his 900th career reception. Only 16 other NFL players have reached that mark, and Boldin is the third-fastest to 900, having done so in 164 games.

Boldin made six catches for 93 yards, both game highs.

Et cetera – Linebacker Dan Skuta (ankle) and receiver Brandon Lloyd (hamstring) left the game and did not return. Skuta said he was having trouble pushing off his left foot. Both players will be examined further today.

▪ Cornerback Perrish Cox had his team-leading fourth interception of the season. Rookie linebacker Aaron Lynch had his second sack. When Aldon Smith returns from his suspension, Lynch and Smith likely will be the team’s pass rushers in the nickel formation.

▪ The 49ers entered the game having lost two fumbles this season. They lost two Sunday, both by Colin Kaepernick. He has lost three this season; tight end Vance McDonald has the other.

▪ Receiver Michael Crabtree had at least one more drop Sunday, giving him six this season. He leads the 49ers in that category.

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