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No reason to rush back injured players
June 7, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Kendall Hunter (left) is recovering from a partially torn Achilles, but Kyle Williams (right) is coming back from a torn ACL. (AP)

SANTA CLARA -- This offseason reinforced my opinion that the only real news that happens during the offseason program is bad news.

Case in point, Michael Crabtree. Around the NFL, the most significant offseason workout developments are injuries. Crabtree sustained a torn Achilles tendon that will keep him out for most of the regular season.

There is absolutely no reason for the 49ers -- or any other team -- to expedite the timetable to get a rehabbing player on the field for the offseason program. Crabtree, of course, will not be the only 49ers player who will not take part in the minicamp.

Here is an update on each of the 49ers who were not on the field this week due to injuries:

WR Michael Crabtree: Sustained torn right Achilles tendon on May 21, underwent surgery the following morning. Harbaugh said he expects Crabtree to be available late in the regular season.

WR Kyle Williams: Sustained a torn ACL in left knee on Nov. 25. He has been running and cutting, and should be cleared to participate at the opening of training camp in late-July.

WR Mario Manningham: Sustained torn ACL and PCL on Dec. 23. He did not have surgery for another month because of swelling. He was on the field jogging and stretching with his teammates this week. He will likely be placed on PUP at the opening of training camp. Manningham believes he'l be ready for the opening of the regular season.

RB Frank Gore: No specific injury has been cited, as Gore is working out in the weight room but not participating in on-field drills.

RB Kendall Hunter: Sustained partially torn left Achilles tendon on Nov. 25. He is running and cutting, and taking part in individual drills. He is not participating in offense vs. defense sessions. He is expected to be cleared to participate in the start of training camp.

RB LaMichael James: He spent the week nursing a mild hamstring strain. He took part in some work this week, such as fielding kickoffs but was held out of offensive drills.

RB Marcus Lattimore: Sustained dislocated right knee and tears to three ligaments (ACL, PCL and LCL) on Oct. 27. The 49ers slowed down Lattimore's rehab upon selecting him in the fourth round of the draft. He will be placed on the non-football injury list at the start of training camp and might not play this season.

TE Cameron Morrah: Sustained a left leg strain during OTAs, and his availability is uncertain.

T Joe Staley: Underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a slight tear to meniscus cartilage in his right knee. He is expected to be ready for the opening of training camp.

G Mike Iupati: Underwent surgery on his right shoulder this offseason, and is expected to be ready for training camp.

OL Luke Marquardt: He sustained a broken right foot prior to his final season at Azusa Pacific and did not play last season. He had surgery in mid-April, after his pro day. He might not be ready for the opening of training camp.

CB Carlos Rogers: No specific injury has been cited. Rogers worked out this week in the weight room but not participate in on-field drills.

DL Justin Smith: Underwent surgery the week after the Super Bowl to repair a partially torn left triceps. His rehab was expected to last three months. He is bench-pressing 350 pounds, Harbaugh said, so he should be ready for the opening of training camp.

DL Tank Carradine: Sustained a torn ACL in his right knee on Nov. 24. He was able to run full speed at his pro day, but the 49ers are not rushing him. He expects to be ready for the opening of training camp.

DL Quinton Dial: Underwent toe surgery in January, and stands a good chance to be available for the opening of training camp.

OLB Ahmad Brooks: Was limited late in the season with a left shoulder sprain. He is expected to be ready for training camp.

OLB Aldon Smith: Underwent surgery on his left shoulder early this offseason to repair a torn labrum. Harbaugh said in March he expects Smith will be ready for the opening of training camp.

OLB Darius Fleming: He sustained an undisclosed injury to his left knee during practice on Tuesday. One source said he believed it was a "minor tweak." Fleming sustained a torn ACL to the same knee during the rookie minicamp last year and was placed on injured reserve. 

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The 49ers mandatory minicamp is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the team's practice facility in Santa Clara. The practices are closed to the general public. Per NFL rules, all practices during the mandatory minicamp must be open in their entirety to members of the local media.

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