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Anquan Boldin says he’ll play despite questionable designation

49ers receiver Anquan Boldin was injured Oct. 18 against his former team, the Ravens, but played the following Thursday against Seattle.
49ers receiver Anquan Boldin was injured Oct. 18 against his former team, the Ravens, but played the following Thursday against Seattle. The Bee

SANTA CLARA -- Anquan Boldin, listed as questionable on the 49ers’ injury report this week, says he’ll play Sunday against the Rams.

“Oh, there ain’t no doubt in my mind,” the veteran receiver said.

Jim Tomsula on Friday said Boldin felt his hamstring, which he originally injured Oct. 18 against Baltimore, tighten during Thursday's practice and that the veteran did not take part in Friday’s session. Boldin said the issue was more related to the alignment of his body and said he felt similarly prior to last week’s game against the Seahawks.

He didn’t start that game but played 87 percent of the offensive snaps and finished with three catches for 39 yards.

If Boldin didn’t play Sunday, it would be the first time since the 2011 season, when he was with the Ravens, that he missed a game due to injury. He sat out the 2012 regular-season finale as the Ravens held out some of their veteran playmakers in advance of the playoffs. He’s played in 46 straight games, including playoffs, since then.

Quinton Patton has been serving as the team's No. 3 receiver and Tomsula said Bruce Ellington, who has been dealing with a calf strain, has been moving around better in recent practices.

The 49ers also have rookie DeAndrew White and veteran Jerome Simpson, who could be worked into the offense if Boldin can't play.

Boldin, 35, has been Colin Kaepernick's top target since the 49ers acquired him in a trade with the Ravens in 2013. He was the team's MVP that season. He's led the 49ers in receiving yards the last two years and his 372 receiving yards lead the team this year as well.

Boldin also has been struck low by the police shooting death of his cousin, Corey Jones, on Oct. 18, a death that has made national headlines.

York speaks -- Jed York indicated Friday he doesn’t want to be a distraction to Jim Tomsula and his staff as they prepare to face the Rams and declined to discuss the state of the franchise. The team’s CEO said he would address the media at a more appropriate point.

Reporters crossed paths with York as they were leaving the open portion of practice. York’s team is 2-5, ranks at the bottom of the league in several categories and is in fourth place in the NFC West.

Fans and media have focused their ranger on York, who parted ways with popular Jim Harbaugh at the end of the 2014 season and who, along with general manager Trent Baalke, led the effort to find his replacement. York hasn’t spoken publicly to reporters since the spring and has been criticized recently for his lack of visibility.

He’s had a good excuse in recent days. He and his wife, Danielle, had their second child, a son named Brixton, last Friday. York said Danielle went into labor at Levi’s Stadium during the team’s eventual 20-3 loss to the Seahawks.

Et cetera -- Tony Jerod-Eddie was back at practice Friday after missing the last two days due to a personal matter. Tomsula said the defensive lineman would be full go for Sunday despite missing some practice. "Tony’s a very smart vet," he said.

* No 49ers were fined from last week’s game against the Seahawks, including Patton who was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct involving an official.

* Linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks, both of whom are dealing with shoulder injuries, are listed as probable. So is safety Eric Reid, who is dealing with a chest injury.

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

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