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  • 49ers' Cameron Latu: Progressing as planned

    Latu (knee) has suffered no setbacks in his recovery and is expected to be ready for training camp, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Latu suffered a meniscus injury during a preseason game last year and missed the entirety of his rookie campaign. A third-round selection in the 2023 Draft, Latu will likely be competing with veteran Eric Saubert for the 49ers' No. 3 spot on the team's depth chart at tight end behind George Kittle (groin) and the newly acquired Logan Thomas.

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  • 49ers' Cameron Latu: Not participating during OTAs

    Latu (knee) was in attendance but not participating during San Francisco's OTA session Tuesday, Kyle Madson of USA Today reports.

    The 2023 third-round pick missed his entire rookie campaign after sustaining a meniscus injury during the 49ers' last preseason game, but he could be nearing a return. Latu, an Alabama product, caught 56 passes for 787 yards and 12 touchdowns during his final two collegiate seasons. Once Latu is able to return to the field, he's expected to compete with Eric Saubert, Brayden Willis, Mason Pline and Jake Tonges for San Francisco's top backup tight end spot behind George Kittle.

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  • 49ers' Cameron Latu: Heads to injured reserve

    The 49ers placed Latu (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Latu sustained a meniscus injury in Friday's preseason loss to the Chargers and will undergo surgery. The rookie third-rounder will be forced to miss the entire 2023 campaign due to the injury after landing on injured reserve Tuesday, and he'll shift his focus toward recovering ahead of the 2024 season.

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  • 49ers' Cameron Latu: Slated for surgery

    Latu will require surgery to repair a meniscus injury sustained in Friday's 23-12 preseason loss to the Chargers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Latu figures to take at least four weeks to recover following successful meniscus surgery, likely meaning he will not be available until early October. The 49ers will now have the option to immediately place him on IR, which would sideline him for the entirety of the 2023 campaign, or the team can retain him on the initial 53-man roster and then place him on IR, which would allow him to return this coming season. The rookie third-round pick figured to compete for a primary reserve role behind George Kittle heading into the regular season, though this injury could significantly impact Latu's outlook even if he manages to return at some point in 2023.

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  • 49ers' Cameron Latu: Week 1 role uncertain

    Latu may not immediately serve as George Kittle's (groin) top backup to begin the season after being the third tight end to enter San Francisco's first preseason game this past Sunday against the Raiders.

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan started veteran backups Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner in place of Kittle in the 34-7 loss to the Raiders, opting to bring Latu in with the rest of the reserves. The rookie third-round pick out of Alabama handled the highest snap share of any tight end in the contest (45 percent) but also coughed up a drive-killing fumble on his lone reception. Latu will have to improve on a rocky exhibition debut in order to earn playing time in 2023.

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  • 49ers' Cameron Latu: Lands in Bay Area

    The 49ers selected Latu in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 101st overall.

    Latu becomes the ninth tight end selected in the first two days of this year's draft. The Alabama product is a solid receiver that recorded 56 receptions for 787 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons as a starter. He brings physicality to the position as well, as he's a converted linebacker. Latu disappointed with his athletic testing at Alabama's Pro Day (4.78 40 at 246 pounds), which is a concern for his transition to the next level. There's also the issue of George Kittle having an unquestioned grip on the No. 1 job. If nothing else, Latu will challenge Charlie Woerner for snaps when San Francisco goes with two-tight end sets.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 244 lbs
Birthplace: Chisholm, MN
Age: 24
School: Alabama
Experience: 2