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Overall, the 49ers have a ton of guys who just can't stay healthy.
As part of their organizational philosophy, the 49ers are cagey about most of their injuries. The go-to line for Coach Harbaugh has been, “working through something.” It is a perfect answer that acknowledges an injury but also kindly says, “It’s none of your business.”
Forgive the gray areas, but here is what we definitively know:
Aldon Smith, LB, Unknown
It is not alarming, but it is noteworthy. LB Aldon Smith continues to miss practice, out with an undisclosed injury. For anyone taking an educated guess, it may be wise to assume that he is still working his way back from the labrum tear from last season. After all, it was serious enough to impact his performance down the stretch and did require surgery.
NaVorro Bowman, LB, Groin
NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis do everything together, don’t they? Apparently, that now includes getting injured. The 49ers have held No. 53 out with a groin injury, which has kept him in the weight room or on the elliptical. If he rushes it, it will only get worse. But this is nothing to sweat in terms of the regular season.
Quinton Patton, WR, Finger
A peculiar happening in Santa Clara has to be the periodic injuries to the fingers of receivers. The latest victim is rookie WR Quinton Patton, who was seen with a cast on his left index and middle fingers and has been limited because of it, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.
Although Coach Harbaugh would not definitively say which quarterback stung the receiver, it probably wasn’t Colt McCoy.
A.J Jenkins, WR, Hamstring
Outside of the incapacitated Michael Crabtree, the only first-round wideout in the roster is A.J. Jenkins. The window opened for him by No. 15’s Achilles tear was meant to be the opportune moment for Jenkins to create a place for himself in the rotation at receiver. After failing to distinguish himself early on, Jenkins was the first of several at his position to endure a hamstring injury.
Kyle Williams, WR, Hamstring
The 49ers really needed to get him going in camp, and he was looking exceptional before the injury to his hammy in late July. After being activated from the PUP list for training camp, Williams did not miss a beat, displaying excellent recovery from the recent tear to his anterior cruciate ligament.
Williams thinks it's "unbelievable" that he’s been sidelined again after his fast start.
Kassim Osgood, WR, Hamstring
Osgood is another special teams freak the 49ers added via free agency, but given the situation at receiver, he has earned some real looks. Not to mention, Osgood checks in at 6’5”, 220 pounds, making him San Francisco’s biggest wide receiver. He has also been kept out with a bothered hamstring.
Jonathan Goodwin, C, Unknown
All we know about Jonathan Goodwin is that he is “working through something.” The 49ers’ starting center is out with an undisclosed injury, leaving Daniel Kilgore and Adam Snyder to take turns filling in. Goodwin has missed several sessions, and there is no word on a timetable for his return.
Dylan DeSimone is the San Francisco 49ers' Lead Columnist for Bleacher Report. He also co-hosts the Niner Talk Central podcast for PFC. To talk football with Dylan, follow him on Twitter @DeSimone80.