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Ward could begin practice this week

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Ward could begin practice this week

The 49ers could get their presumptive starting free safety back on the field this week.

Jimmie Ward, who has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since sustaining a hamstring injury during a conditioning test on the eve of training camp, will go through strenuous workouts Monday and Tuesday.

Ward could be cleared to return to practice as early as Wednesday, when the club is scheduled to hold its next practice.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday in a conference call with reporters that defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley will will pace him through a football-related workout on Monday and Tuesday.

"Hopefully, we'll get him ready to go by Wednesday," Shanahan said.

The 49ers envision Ward, a first-round draft pick in 2014, as a major contributor in the team’s new 4-3 scheme, which is based on Seattle’s defense. With strong safety Eric Reid playing close to the line of scrimmage, Ward will play the deep safety – a role that Earl Thomas has played for the Seahawks.

In Ward’s absence, undrafted rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome started the 49ers’ first two exhibition games and appears to have played his way into solid position for a spot on the 53-man roster.

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Report: Former 49ers WR Anquan Boldin abruptly retires

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Report: Former 49ers WR Anquan Boldin abruptly retires

Less than two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills, veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin is reportedly hanging up his cleats.

The former 49ers wideout has informed the Bills that he's retiring, according to ESPN.

The 14-year veteran had signed a one-year deal with the Bills on August 7. After playing with the 49ers from 2013 to 2015, Boldin spent the 2016 season with the Lions.

According to ESPN, Boldin issued the following statement:

In his time with the Cardinals, Ravens, 49ers and Lions, Boldin caught 1,076 passes for 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns.

In 2017, Boldin was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year by the NFL.