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Knee Injuries Too Hard to Overcome; RB Marcus Lattimore Retires

November 6th, 2014 at 12:15 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

It had been said on several accounts that running back Marcus Lattimore was the next great talent to come out of the college ranks. Unfortunately for Lattimore and football fans across the country, the young phenom may go down as one of the biggest "what if's" of all-time. Lattimore informed the San Francisco 49ers that he will be retiring.

Here's the statement from Lattimore via 49ers.com:

"After prayer and careful consideration, I have decided it’s time to end my professional football career,” said Lattimore. “I have given my heart and soul to the game that I love, and it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life and help others. I have given every ounce of my energy toward making a full recovery from my knee injury, and I have made a lot of progress. Unfortunately, getting my knee fully back to the level the NFL demands has proven to be insurmountable.

“I am grateful for the entire 49ers organization. Their decision to draft me was the realization of a lifelong dream to be an NFL player, and I cannot thank them enough for believing in me and for doing everything in their power to assist in my recovery. I will always be a 49er!

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San Francisco 49ers Dealing with Identity Crisis

November 3rd, 2014 at 6:07 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers had a full week to recover from their 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, thanks to their week eight bye. Unfortunately, the Niners returned to action and forgot to bring home their identity.

“We’ve just got to make our minds up, do what we feel we’re good at, and go do it," said running back Frank Gore

The Niners second meeting with the St. Louis Rams wasn't as promising as the first. The offense looked out of sync, the offensive line showed gaping holes, and the 49ers became one-dimensional. While quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent most of the day running for his life (unsuccessfully, I might add.), the Niners consistently played out of the shotgun or had Kaepernick drop back, resulting in eight sacks by the Rams defense.

The Rams defense had an early season reputation for its aggressive style and use of numerous blitzes (STL was third in the NFL with 53 sacks last season). However, teams have adjusted with quick, short passes and a heavy dose of running the football. Entering the game, the Rams ranked 31st against the run and was last in total sacks with six.

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With Lattimore in Doubt, San Francisco 49ers Extend Hunter with 1-year Deal

November 3rd, 2014 at 11:38 AM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

On Monday, the San Francisco 49ers took care of one of their pending free-agents a bit sooner than expected. The Niners extended running back Kendall Hunter with a one-year deal that goes through the 2015 season.

Hunter tore his ACL in his right knee during training camp back in July and has been on the injured reserve for the entire season. The fourth-year pro entered camp as the teams primary back up running back. Since being drafted by the Niners back in 2011 out of Oklahoma State, Hunter has been as solid as they come, rushing for seven touchdowns and averaging 4.6 ypc on 262 career rushes, with just two fumbles.

49ers General Mangaer Trent Baalke stated earlier in the year that the team would like to keep Hunter on board when the season winds down. Since then, the team has released LaMichael James and the continued knee issues of promising tailback Marcus Lattimore has increased Hunters value significantly.

Whispers began surfacing this past weekend about the possibility of Lattimore retiring. The ongoing and strenuous rehab Lattimore has put in to overcome two devastating knee injuries has taken its toll, both mentally and physically. Once believed to be the next great running back, the South Carolina product is developing into one of the biggest "what if's" to come out of college.

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LB Aldon Smith Could Return to the San Francisco 49ers After Bye

October 22nd, 2014 at 2:47 AM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

If you were surprised by the notion that outside linebacker Aldon Smith could possibly return to the San Francisco 49ers for their week nine match up against the St. Louis Rams, you're probably not alone…just ask the 49ers.

According to NBC's Pro Football Talk,

"G.M. Trent Baalke quickly said he didn’t know anything about it. On Monday, coach Jim Harbaugh said the same thing."

Smith was suspended for nine games for violating the league’s personal conduct and substance abuse policy before the start of the season. However, during Sunday Night Football's halftime show, Mike Florio stated that Smith's suspension could be reduced by a game or two for good behavior. The Niners pass rushing specialist was slated to return to the team on November 10th, a day after their week 10 game against the New Orleans Saints.

The interesting point in this story was that there was no notion of a possible reduction when the suspension was given up.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen confirmed the reports by PFT and stated that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger and Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall experienced similar reductions during their past suspensions.

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Wounded Niners Take Another Blow in Blowout Loss to Broncos

October 21st, 2014 at 4:36 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers went into Denver banged up and leaking oil…and it certainly showed. By the end of a historic night that showcased Peyton Manning's record breaking touchdown, the Niners left Sports Authority Field at Mile High with another man down…starting center, Daniel Kilgore.

Kilgore suffered an injury during the third quarter and was shown in great pain as he was carted off the field. The injury has been confirmed as a fractured left ankle and will require season-ending surgery.

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh announced that the injury is similar to the one nose tackle Ian Williams suffered last year. Williams was injured in a Week 2 match up against the Seattle Seahawks. Williams missed the rest of the year and took until the start of training camp to fully recover.

“It’s similar. He was disappointed. He played well in the game. So that’s an obstacle to overcome. He’s made of the right stuff. No doubt that he’ll overcome,” Harbaugh said.

While Kilgore was out, rookie Dillon Farrell stepped in but was later replaced by Joe Looney after Farrell shaken up only a few plays in.

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