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November 19, 2013
Welcome aboard: rookies Marcus Lattimore, Luke Marquardt allowed to practice


As expected, the 49ers today triggered a three-week window for rookie running back Marcus Lattimore to begin practicing with the team. They did the same for undrafted offensive tackle Luke Marquardt, who had been recovering from a broken foot and who, like Lattimore, has yet to practice with his team.

Marquardt is intriguing because of his impressive size - 6-8, 315 pounds - and because the 49ers have been without a true "swing" tackle since Alex Boone started playing guard last season. Marquardt played at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, but his foot injury washed out his senior season. He had a follow-up surgery on the foot in April and was merely an observer during the 49ers offseason sessions.

Both Lattimore, who is recovering from a major knee injury suffered last October, and Marquardt remain on the non-football injury list. Neither is expected to be activated to the 49ers' 53-man roster at the end of the three-week practice period.

Cornerback Tarell Brown did not fly back to the Bay Area with the team but spent Sunday night in New Orleans after suffering a rib injury in the second quarter, NFL.com reported.

Brown had to be carted off the field and he was in obvious pain as he walked out of the visiting locker room after the game. If, as suspected, he cannot play Monday in Washington, Tramaine Brock would fill in at right cornerback and Eric Wright would enter the game in nickel situations.

-- 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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