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49ers receiver Anquan Boldin said he expects to play against the Rams despite missing practice Friday

49ers receiver Anquan Boldin said his hamstring injury won't keep him out of Sunday's game.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin tweaked his hamstring in practice Thursday, head coach Jim Tomsula said. Boldin didn't practice Friday afternoon leaving his status up in the air for Sunday's tilt against the St. Louis Rams.

Boldin hasn't missed a game since joining San Francisco prior to the 2013 season, and hasn't missed a game since the end of the 2012 season with the Ravens.

However, after practice Friday, Boldin said he was confident he would play.

"There’s no doubt in my mind," Boldin said about playing.

Before practice Friday, Tomsula said, "(Boldin) said (his hamstring) tightened up. We’re going to make sure we’re on the safe side with that."

The 49ers last week elevated receiver Jerome Simpson to the active roster after serving a six-game suspension. The team was granted a roster exemption before last week's loss to Seattle, allowing Simpson to practice with the team. Simpson took the roster spot of safety Antoine Bethea, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve after having surgery to repair a chest injury suffered in Thursday night's loss.

Tomsula wouldn't say if Simpson would be available for Sunday against the Rams.

"We don’t have a (46-man roster) set. So, all those guys are working through our practice all week," Tomsula said. "We’ll finish up today and we’ll wait until the 90 minutes to get into any of those things."

Boldin on the season has 31 catches on 54 targets (57.4 percent) for 372 yards and two touchdowns. He notched back-to-back 100-yard performances against the Giants and Ravens for the first time since 2009.

Against the Seahawks, while not at 100 percent, Boldin had three catches for 39 yards. He initially sustained the injury against Baltimore.

Tomsula said Friday that receiver Bruce Ellington has been practicing more consistently after dealing with an ankle injury earlier in the season and hamstring issues during the offseason and training camp.

Ellington has played just four offensive snaps combined over the last three games while working almost exclusively as the kick-off return specialist.


Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.

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