At least nine 49ers who sat out spring practices with injuries will continue to watch from the sideline when training camp begins next week. That includes four rookies - defensive lineman Tank Carradine, defensive lineman Quinton Dial, running back Marcus Lattimore and tackle Luke Marquardt, who were placed on the active/non-football injury list. The 49ers' first practice is scheduled for Thursday.
There are also four veterans - linebacker Darius Fleming, running back Kendall Hunter, receiver Mario Manningham and receiver Kyle Williams. Each was placed on the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Receiver Michael Crabtree has not yet reported for training camp. When he does, he also is expected to be placed on PUP or injured reserve.
Hunter (Achilles') and Williams (ACL) were injured during the same game on Nov. 25. Each appeared to be close to returning to full strength last month and Williams even participated in some practice drills. Fleming injured his knee in the spring, but it was not considered a serious injury. Manningham (ACL) is expected to miss a big chunk - perhaps all - of the preseason and is questionable for the start of the regular season. Crabtree (Achilles') will miss at least the first three months of the regular season.
The good news is that many of the veterans who sat out spring practices appear to be at full strength. That list includes Justin Smith (arm), Aldon Smith (shoulder), Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), Mike Iupati (shoulder), Joe Staley (knee) and Frank Gore (preservation).
Carradine (ACL) and Dial (toe) are expected to recover before the regular season, although their timeline has not been determined. Lattimore (ACL) could sit out his rookie season after a gruesome knee injury in October. Marquardt (foot) appears to be behind Carradine and Dial in his recovery. Dial tore a ligament in his big toe last season with Alabama, played through the injury and had surgery in the offseason.
All of the players listed can be taken off the list at any time during training camp. Each continues to count against the 90-man offseason roster limit. However, if those players remain on the injury lists after cut-down day, they will not count against the 53-man limit, but they also will not be able to play during the first half of the season.
Under that scenario, the 49ers would have the option of activating those players late in the year as they did running back Jewel Hampton, who began the 2012 campaign on the non-football injury list, last season. Jim Harbaugh also said he regretted not activating outside linebacker Parys Haralson late last season after Haralson recovered from a torn triceps suffered in August.
-- Matt Barrows