Well, we made it! The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their bye week, and return to the facility on Monday. The coaches have been working off and on over the last week, but the players were given last week off. Plenty of them were around to continue their rehab, but Jim Harbaugh indicated there would be no meetings or practices until Monday.
Coach Harbaugh will address the media at 2:40 p.m. PT, which you'll be able to watch live at 49ers.com/live or csnbayarea.com/live. The big known news this week is that running back Marcus Lattimore is expected to begin practicing. He was able to join practices last season for three weeks during his NFI period, but was then shut down. This year, the expectation is he will practice for the full three weeks, and then be activated to the 53-man roster. The only reason he would not be activated is because there is a lack of roster space, but given that the 49ers only have two running backs, I have to think they will want an extra man available, just in case.
The other potential news would be the activation of Aldon Smith off the suspended list. I'm pretty sure we'd have to hear about it today for Smith to be available this Sunday versus the St. Louis Rams. I'm inclined to think he returns instead for the Saints game, but maybe the NFL will wise up and activate him.
Other than that, we'll wait and see what the first practice participation report brings on Wednesday. The 49ers Week 7 injury report included quite a few pertinent players. Patrick Willis (toe) and Mike Iupati (concussion) were both listed as out. Tramaine Brock (toe), Chris Culliver (shoulder), Anthony Davis (knee, ankle), and Jimmie Ward (quadricep) were all questionable. Chris Cook (quadricep), Perrish Cox (quadricep), Vernon Davis (back), Tony Jerod-Eddie (shoulder), Stevie Johnson (hip), and Ian Williams (ankle, shoulder) were all listed as probable. We know Cook is done for the year with his hamstring tear, but otherwise it will be interesting to see who is removed from the injury report following a full week of rest.
Welcome back, 49ers football!