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Jim Harbaugh provides Marcus Lattimore update

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Marcus Lattimore is eligible to return to practice as soon as next week. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh provided a potential timeline for Lattimore's return.

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh met with the media Thursday afternoon, and he provided an update on Marcus Lattimore's situation. Coach Harbaugh said the plan would be to bring Lattimore back to practice in the week following the 49ers Week 8 bye. That would give him three straight weeks of practice, in what Jim Harbaugh described as sort of a training camp type of environment.

When asked about Lattimore, Coach Harbaugh initially said they had a couple options. They could bring him back to practice next week, but then have the by week after the Denver Broncos game, and then a week after that. When a player is brought back to the practice field, he gets three weeks of practice before he has to be activated to the 53-man roster, or deactivated for the year. The 49ers players will get some time off during the bye week, and since that counts toward the three weeks of practice, it makes sense to hold off bringing him back.

It sounds like Lattimore would then join the 53-man roster following his three weeks of practice. It remains to be seen what his role would be, or even how frequently he would be active, but it is nice to hear some positive steps in his development.