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July 25, 2013
Healthy again: 49ers activate WR Williams, place Divens on injury list


Receiver Kyle Williams, who seemed tantalizingly close to returning to practice last month after an ACL tear in November, will be back for the start of training camp. The 49ers today removed both Williams and linebacker Darius Fleming from the physically unable to perform list, meaning they are poised to join their teammates for today's initial practice of training camp.

Meanwhile, nose tackle Lamar Divens was placed on the non-football injury list. Divens allegedly was involved in an incident with teammate Ahmad Brooks in June in which Divens was struck three times in the head with a bottle and suffered a two- to three-inch gash. Divens did not take part in a three-day minicamp later that month. The 49ers would not say whether Divens' appearance on the injury list was related to the June incident.

Fleming last month injured the same knee in which he suffered an ACL tear a year earlier. That injury cost him his rookie season. Fleming has since been moved from outside linebacker to inside linebacker where he will compete against Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody and others for a backup role to Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.

Williams, meanwhile, enters the vast competition to be the receiver who lines up opposite Anquan Boldin in Week 1. Like last year, the 49ers are likely to go with a rotation of receivers at that spot. Even that rotation, however, is up in the air with A.J. Jenkins, Quinton Patton, Ricardo Lockette and Marlon Moore among those battling for playing time. Williams' injury occurred Nov. 25, meaning he is just eight months removed from surgery.

Williams' and Flemings' activation means the team will start training camp with eight injured players. Four are rookies: defensive lineman Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial, running back Marcus Lattimore and tackle Luke Marquardt. Four are veterans: running back Kendall Hunter, Divens and receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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