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49ers rookies 2014 review: The injury all-stars

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The San Francisco 49ers had a handful of rookies spend the season on one injured list or another. Let's take a look back at those players.

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Each offseason, we like to run a series of articles here on Niners Nation called "90-in-90." In the post, we take a look at 90 players (or so) on the San Francisco 49ers 90-man roster throughout the offseason and what we can expect of them the following year. We take a look at their expected impact, whether or not they'll make the roster and things of that nature. For rookies, we're going back and looking at how we did with those posts.

To date, we've looked at every 49ers rookie that made his way into game action in 2014. However, the 49ers had several rookies that spent the season on three different injury lists. Some were expected injuries, others were unexpected but not surprising, and one was a different kind of surprise.

NFI

Trey Millard - 90-in-90
Keith Reaser - 90-in-90
Brandon Thomas - 90-in-90

PUP

Kaleb Ramsey - 90-in-90

IR

Kenneth Acker - 90-in-90
Fouimalo Fonoti - 90-in-90

We can't make any assumptions about how their health will play out. We all hoped for the best with Marcus Lattimore, and we saw how that worked out. That being said, we can consider hypotheticals of them actually getting back to 100 percent. If they are back to full health, here is what could play out in 2015.

Brandon Thomas/Fou Fonoti: The big question on the offensive line is the future of Mike Iupati. Odds seem pretty good he will walk in free agency, but we won't know for certain until March 10 arrives. If he departs, Thomas will compete for that left guard spot. Joe Looney, Marcus Martin and Daniel Kilgore are all guys that will be in the mix depending on the rest of the line, but if healthy, I think Thomas will be the favorite for the left guard job.

Keith Reaser/Kenneth Acker: The 49ers cornerback position has a lot of young talent, but a lot of question marks. Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver are entering free agency, which would leave Tramaine Brock and Dontae Johnson as the starting cornerbacks, and Jimmie Ward as the starting nickel back. If Cox and/or Culliver return, Reaser and Acker would potentially be competing for some dime, but mostly special teams work in 2015. But if there are openings, it gets interesting, particularly given Tramaine Brock's multiple injuries in 2014.

Trey Millard: Bruce Miller is locked in as the starting fullback, but Millard will get some opportunities in a variety of roles. His best chance to earn a roster spot would be as a special teams standout. However, he will also get some chances in an H-back type role to complement Miller.

Kaleb Ramsey: While the above players have seemingly limited injury histories prior to what netted them a "red-shirt" with the 49ers, Ramsey has dealt with numerous injuries. Health is the biggest question mark with him. If he can stay healthy, he'll compete with Tony Jerod-Eddie, Lawrence Okoye and others for depth on the 49ers defensive line.