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Golden Nuggets: 49ers receive much needed reinforcements

Thursday, August 14, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Jamie Squire

Good morning everyone. Last week, Jim Harbaugh told the media he expected some reinforcements on the defensive line. Man, he was not lying. Sure enough, the defensive line starters returned to practice as well as several other key players. In all, five probable defensive starters returned to practice in Chris Culliver, Tramaine Brock, Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, and Ian Williams. I don't expect or even really want to see them play a lot against the Broncos on Sunday. But not needing to send out the second or third string defense on the first series may help the depth not get beaten down so quickly this time around.

On offense, LaMichael James, Brandon Lloyd, and Michael Crabtree also returned to practice yesterday. With all due respect to Crabtree and Lloyd, I am more interested to see how and when the coaching staff plays LaMichael James in the preseason. Will he start? Directly back up Carlos Hyde? The first game he plays will probably tell us just where LaMike stands after all the injuries. He is the only change of pace on the roster, so I think he may actually get some decent run this season. It's pretty amazing considering where most of us thought he stood after the draft. Well, we have a good selection of links today so lets not waste any more time.

49ers notes: Battle for Bowman’s linebacker spot "very even" (Barrows)

Chris Borland has a chance to start (ESPN)

49ers Camp Report: Day 15 (ESPN)

Practice 15: James returns to field (Maiocco)

Justin Smith, Ian Williams practice (ESPN)

Straight talk: NT Williams admits to ‘mental hurdle’ (Branch)

Practice report: 49ers welcome back numerous key players (Mercury News)

Crowded house: Injured 49ers return to practice, including starting defensive line (Barrows)

Beef is back: Williams, three more D-linemen return to practice (Branch)

49ers get six players back at Wednesday's practice (Maiocco)

Lemonier out to prove he can step in for Smith on all downs (Maiocco)

Aaron Lynch could be the surprise pick of the 49ers’ draft (Branch)

Lynch proves his hunger to thrive with 49ers (Maiocco)

Notes: 49ers using caution with Culliver; Brock’s return looming (Branch)

49ers place Costanzo on IR; sign LB Wilson (Branch)