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ST. LOUIS – Five would-be 49ers starters will not be on the field Monday night against the St. Louis Rams.
But those individuals, along with a couple other prominent players, should start trickling back into the action after the bye week.
Unless he experiences a late setback, tight end Vernon Davis is expected to be available Monday might after missing last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to back spasms.
Here’s an update on the 49ers players who have missed significant time this season:
CB Tramaine Brock
Brock sustained a sprained big toe on his right foot early in the 49ers’ season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys. “Turf toe,” as it’s known, is serious business.
He has been out of the orthopedic boot for a couple weeks, and there’s a good chance he could be available to face the Rams on Nov. 2 – the first game after the bye week.
RT Anthony Davis
Davis missed camp due to offseason shoulder surgery. Then, he sustained a hamstring strain.
Currently, Davis is sidelined with a slightly torn MCL in is left knee. He played just 23 snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles before exiting with the injury.
The injury does not require surgery, but he has not practiced in two weeks. Davis could be back in the lineup on Nov. 2, too.
OLB Aldon Smith
Smith’s return is the easiest to predict. He is serving a nine-game suspension due to his violations of the NFL’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.
He is working out daily at the 49ers’ facility. He will be eligible to begin practicing Nov. 10, and should be on the field for the Nov. 16 game at the New York Giants.
ILB NaVorro Bowman
Bowman continues to rehab from the left knee injury he sustained in the NFC Championship game. He underwent surgery on Feb. 4 to repair a torn ACL. Bowman is signed through the 2019 season, and the 49ers are not going to cut any corners in his rehab.
“You saw him run today,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said on Saturday. “He was out there running, getting better. But, you can count on when he’s 100 percent, close to 100 percent. That’s what it’s going to be before he goes out there and plays again.”
Bowman is on the physically-unable-to-perform list, which immediately makes him ineligible for the first six weeks of the season.
At the latest, Bowman is expected to begin practicing after the Week 12 game against Washington. How he looks in practices will determine when he is able to get back into game action.
NT Glenn Dorsey
He underwent surgery on his torn left biceps on Aug. 4. His rehab is going well, as he is running and doing light lifting.
When he had the surgery, doctors determined it was a 3 ½-month process. That puts him on schedule to return at some point from mid-November to early-December.
But with Ian Williams playing very well, Dorsey will have a difficult time regaining his starting job.
RB Marcus Lattimore
Lattimore’s timetable is very straight-forward. Physically, he is ready to go. But the 49ers want to maximize his practice time to get him back into football shape.
So the three-week period for him to practice off the non-football injury list will begin on Oct. 27, after the bye week.
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Lattimore will have three weeks of practice – a mini training camp – before getting activated to the 53-man roster for the Nov. 23 game against Washington.
It’s possible Lattimore will be an insurance policy this season, as the 49ers have managed to get by with just two running backs: Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde.
C Marcus Martin
Martin, a third-round draft pick, sustained what he described as a dislocated left kneecap during the exhibition season.
He has returned to limited work.
After the bye, he should begin practicing fully. With Daniel Kilgore playing well and Joe Looney set as the backup interior lineman, it seems likely Martin will not make the active 46 to suit up for games this season.