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Jim Harbaugh Explains Marcus Lattimore’s PUP Designation

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Why is the second-year San Francisco 49ers running back not practicing at training camp? Niners Daily explains.

Why is Marcus Lattimore not practicing at training camp?

Niners Daily explains.


The San Francisco 49ers have six players on the active/non-football injury list and five players on the active/physically unable to perform list.

Many of those players weren't major surprises. All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman, for example, is still nursing a torn ACL and wasn't expected to be ready for camp.

Others like Lattimore, came as more of a surprise.

On Thursday, Jim Harbaugh explained the reason for the second-year running back's pre-camp designation.

"The trainers, doctors evaluate and they make those decisions," Harbaugh said. "As an organization, we do what’s best for the member of the team, the youngster on the team, because, ultimately, that’s in our best interests."

Harbaugh said Lattimore's setback was due to hamstring and knee issues.

"It’s a combination of the two," the coach said. "Again, doctors would be in a better position to talk about that. [Vice President of Football Operations] Jeff Ferguson, our trainer, would probably be in a better position to talk about that. We believe, talking to them, we’re doing the best thing for Marcus.”

Two other players on the NFI list, rookie receiver Brue Ellington and center Marcus Martin, are both expected to return soon.

"It doesn’t seem to be anything real serious," Harbaugh said. "Both involved rolling an ankle. Kind of a basketball-type roll of the ankle. Not playing basketball according to them. Again, you take a man at his word. They were doing football drills away from the team."

Harbaugh said Ellington is most likely to return first, followed by Martin. The 49ers coach also said fifth-round draft pick Aaron Lynch will be back "very soon as well."

Lastly, Harbaugh said tight end Garrett Celek injured his back after the team's conditioning test and the team is awaiting results of an MRI.

Born Again

Some quotes don't need a set up. But just in case you need a little context, Harbaugh was super positive on Thursday. This was his outlook on training camp starting up:

“It’s such a positive happening, that first day. Imagine you’re kind of in the comfort of the offseason, like being in the comfort of the womb. You got plenty to eat in there, it’s warm, very cozy. And then you’re born, into somewhat of the unknown. A lot of people looking at you, lot of faces looking at you, lot of excitement. It’s light, it’s bright, it’s noisy, it’s the crazy world of football. Again, it’s a real happening. Wish everyone could experience it.”

Classic. Coach is already in mid-season form.

Watch the full presser here:

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