The 49ers placed eight players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) or non-football injury (NFI) lists on Thursday afternoon. RB Marcus Lattimore, who was a fourth-round pick in 2013, is the most notable of the six players to be placed on the NFI. He was cleared to practice earlier this offseason.
On Wednesday, the 49ers rookies were able to report to training camp a week earlier than everyone else. Both the NFI and PUP are the lists for a player to be removed at anytime for practice when he is deemed ready to go.
Others joining Lattimore are draft picks WR Bruce Ellington, C Marcus Martin, FB Trey Millard, CB Keith Reaser and G Brandon Thomas as were placed on the non-football injury list. All five players suffered injuries outside of practicing with the 49ers while Millard, Reaser and Thomas sustained knee injuries in college that will take a significant time to recover from. Reaser and Thomas are expected to miss the entire 2014 season while Harbuagh did not go committal on Millard.
Last year, Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial were both on the NFI during training camp and remained there until the middle of the season. Dial appeared in only two games while Carradine was placed on the injured reserve after spending two weeks on the inactive 53-man roster.
Linebacker Aaron Lynch DL and Kaleb Ramsey were placed on PUP as a result of injuries suffered while working out with the 49ers. LB NaVorro Bowman is expected to join the PUP list and miss at least six weeks in the regular season after recovering from his torn ACL which he sustained in the NFC Championship game.
Players on both the NFI and PUP lists will not count against the 53-man roster. When cleared to practice, they are given a three-week "clock" to practice with the team before a decision to place them on the injured reserve or 53-man roster comes.
Anyone who practices in training camp are not eligible for either list.