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Updating the San Francisco 49ers' Key Position Battles Early in Training Camp

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Updating the San Francisco 49ers' Key Position Battles Early in Training Camp
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Jimmie Ward is battling for playing time in the 49ers' defense.

The San Francisco 49ers opened training camp with the typical optimism and enthusiasm about the upcoming season.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reported on head coach Jim Harbaugh's first press conference at the 49ers' home, Levi's Stadium. Harbaugh was uncharacteristically jovial, even stating: "Our team is the least unhappy team I've ever been around."

The three most important things about training camp is for the team to bond, for the players to get their work in and for them to stay healthy. Good health is a must for any team hoping to make the playoffs and make a run at the Super Bowl.

With this in mind, the ultra-positive feelings at camp quickly faded. Two major injuries have already hit the 49ers hard and will impact the team. 

Running back Kendall Hunter is lost for the season with a torn ACL. His loss actually opened up a spot for LaMichael James, who proceeded to dislocate his elbow and will be out for the next month, per CSNBayArea.com.

Prior to the opening of training camp, I wrote an article about the training camp battles that would take place. 

We can now reassess these battles as well as a new one that is coming to the forefront at right guard. The first week of training camp has begun to shed some light on these positional battles. Let's take a closer look.

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