49ers will be shorthanded as camp gets going

The San Francisco 49ers will be well short of a full squad when they get on the practice field Thursday for the first time in training camp.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that four rookies were placed on the active/non-football injury list and five veterans will also not be available.

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, will either be placed on injured reserve with the chance of returning or on the physically unable to perform list. Fellow wide receivers Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams, running back Kendall Hunter and linebacker Darius Fleming are all on the active/physically unable to perform list.

As far as rookies go, running back Marcus Lattimore, defensive linemen Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial and offensive tackle Luke Marquardt are on the NFI list.

Per the report, Hunter and Williams might not be far off from being cleared to return and Fleming also could be back in the relatively near future. Players can be returned from PUP or NFI at any point during camp.

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