SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh was interviewed by Bay Area reporters Thursday afternoon. Here’s what he said about Marcus Lattimore.
Q: What’s the update on Marcus Lattimore? Do you anticipate him practicing sooner than later? Where is he in his progression?
HARBAUGH: He has done very well. The way we’re thinking about it is he will be eligible after the sixth week. He could have a week of practice and then we have a Bye and the he’d have another week of practice. But the other option is to wait until after we come back from the Bye and have a 21-day period that is very similar to a training-camp type of experience for Marcus. That’s the direction we would like to go. I think it’s the best for Marcus. He hasn’t played football in a year and a half, couldn’t simulate a good three-week training camp period. When he does, and then activate after that and turn him loose, but giving him the best possible scenario to help the football team and for him to be at his best. Right now that seems wise. The other, I mentioned before – start him for a week, and then now he’s not doing anything for a week, and then he’s doing something for a week, kind of gives you that (grunts three times, a “herky jerky” noise) kind of feeling.
Q: You feel good about where he is physically, and everything has checked out and he hasn’t had any setbacks?
Q: The Bye week would count as one of those three weeks?
HARBAUGH: Yes. It’s a 21-day window and the Bye would count in his days. Good plan you think?
Q: As soon as he checks out, will he be on the 53-man roster this year?
HARBAUGH: That’s the hope. That’s the plan.