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Monday, July 28, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

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It's the first Monday since the 49ers Training Camp began and a whole lot has already happened, but not all of them good. Tops in our links timeline is the running back situation. What was thought to be the deepest group on the team has just lost two backups in Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James.

Hunter is gone for the season, LMJ will be back in a month, and Marcus Lattimore sounds like he is very close to joining practices. This does present an interesting opportunity for one Carlos Hyde and that 2nd round pick Trent Baalke used on him is looking better and better every day. Jewel Hampton will also get extra work.

Running Into Adversity

RB LaMichael James sustains apparent arm injury in practice (Inman)

LaMichael James (dislocated elbow) could miss 1 month (NFL)

Carlos Hyde Eager to Start Blitz Pickup Drills (49ers)

Hyde and go seek a blitzing linebacker to block (Maiocco)

Jim Speaks

No media session would be complete without words of weirdness from Coach Harbaugh and he had a lot to talk about here.

Harbaugh: San Francisco 49ers ‘Have Complete and Total Confidence in LaMichael James' (BaySportsNet)

13 Things We Learned from Jim Harbaugh on Sunday (49ers)

Mount Okoye

Like many of you, I cannot get enough to satisfy my OKOYE FIX so I just gobble up any type of news I can get about him. I wouldn't be surprised to see him appear as a gladiator or warrior in some historical fantasy. How about Game of Thrones? Now there's an idea...

49ers DL Okoye makes smashing return to pads (Maiocco)

Jim Harbaugh likes Lawrence Okoye's progress (SJMN)

Lawrence Okoye preparing for the NFL (Yahoo)

Cornering the Market

The CB group looks to have the most question marks coming into the season, but a few breakout performances and this could very easily become a strength. Reid and Bethea will be solid at safety. Brock is a rock and Culliver still has to recapture the flashes he showed in 2012. I am already ecstatic with what I've seen from Jimmie Ward's early camp work.

2014 weakness? Harbaugh, Baalke talk up starting cornerbacks (Barrows)

Beyond starters, questions about how 49ers are covered at CB (Branch)

Tramaine Brock continues to impress (Williamson)

Practice 4: Light workload for 49ers starting CBs (Maiocco)

More from Training Camp

Lots more things to be sorted out in camp, but that goes for every team. Pre-season games will give us a better glimpse of how different this team will look this season. There are definitely more changes than there were last year.

Kaepernick gets extensive work in passing drill (Corkran)

Patrick Willis, 49ers relish another run at the Super Bowl (USA Today)

How Many Receivers Will The Team Carry? (Golden Gate Sports)

Replacing Bowman could be complicated, or not (Scout)

First Round Draft Pick Jimmie Ward Is Natural Ballhawk For San Francisco 49ers (Rant Sports)

If you wanted that #SackFrancisco shirt Justin Smith wore, here's some good news.