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September 19, 2006

Question: Matt,
How do you find out who the 49ers deactivate for a game? I can usually figure out some of the obvious ones, but there are always a few that I'm not sure about. I would assume that Walker, Williams, J Jennings, Allen, Hill and Tucker were on the list but I'm not positive about the final two.

Ken Adams, Sacramento

Answer: Good guess, Ken -- you're right about those six. Fullback Moran Norris and LB/DE Roderick Green also were deactivated for the Rams game. For Green, it was a bad sign. He was released today (Tuesday) and defensive lineman Damane Duckett took his place on the active roster. Fullback Zak Keasey replaced Duckett on the practice squad. It's likely that rookie Parys Haralson's return from a foot injury made Green expendable.

As far as finding out the deactives in the future, I'll try to include them in the "Notes" section the day after the game. Can't make any guarantees, though -- space is tight ....
-- Matt

Question: I can't help but notice this about the Rams, and I'm curious if this gets brought up in the press box. I watch a good portion of the Rams games every year, and I have never seen a more overrated pair of receivers than Holt and Bruce.

Once again Sunday, there wasn't one instance where they weren't sprinting full speed out of bounds, or falling down once thrown to. They make zero effort for extra yardage, or have the guts to run a crossing route. Bryant and Battle are always doing the opposite - fighting, clawing, and taking hits for yards.
-- Lebowski, Los Angeles

Answer: Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. Or if you're more familiar with Lombardi than Shakespeare -- sometimes it's better to run out of bounds so you can play another down. Both Bruce and Holt are a little under 190 pounds and Bruce is in his 13th season. Sure, they're no longer the best tandem in the NFL (fourth best?) but I'm not sure they're overrated either. Holt, after all, finished sixth in receiving yards last year ...
-- Matt


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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