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Harbaugh: Marcus Lattimore to be a part of 49ers in '14

On last week's Around The League Podcast, we debated whether or not Marcus Lattimore would make San Francisco's 53-man active roster to start the season.

The second-year running back has yet to be cleared for on-field work, but coach Jim Harbaugh assured reporters on Friday that Lattimore has already earned a spot for 2014.

"Marcus is going to be a part of this team, in some form or fashion," Harbaugh said, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. "I know what he's got inside of him and I know what he's capable of doing on the football field. We all do."

Last year's fourth-round draft pick spent all of the 2013 season on the non-football injury list on the heels of back-to-back devastating knee injuries in 2011 and 2012 at South Carolina.

If he can return in time, Lattimore has the chance to make an impact for a backfield that lacks depth behind Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde. LaMichael James is expected to miss up to a month with the dislocated elbow he suffered last week, just days after Kendall Hunter suffered a torn ACL.

In short, Harbaugh's words suggest Lattimore is a lock for the practice squad or physically unable to perform list instead of the bread line. He won't be cut.

The latest Around The League Podcast breaks down Marshawn Lynch's belated arrival at Seahawks camp and debates which active NFL players are first-ballot locks for the Hall of Fame.

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