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August 30, 2007
Allen gets the night off

Don't worry about Larry Allen. The 49ers' starting left guard will not play tonight against the Chargers, but his absence is due to his veteran status, not because he is injured. Adam Snyder will start in his place.
The other 49er starters who will not play are RB Frank Gore (hand), TE Billy Bajema (ankle), WR Darrell Jackson (hamstring) and NT Aubrayo Franklin (knee). All are expected to be ready for the regular-season opener a week from Monday
A trio of back-up defensive backs, Donald Strickland (chest), Vickiel Vaughn (shoulder) and Dashon Goldson (elbow), also will sit out the game with injuries.

The only injured player to make the trip to San Diego was Gore. The guy not only is incapable of taking a night off from football, he also is trying to emulate Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson -- on the field and off it.
Gore made the trip with a Tomlinson jersey - don't worry, 49ers faithful, it was in his suitcase not on his body - and has requested tapes of Tomlinson giving interviews. The Chargers running back, of course, led the league last year with 1,815 rushing yards. Not a bad act to copy. Tomlinson, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates will not play tonight, either.

The 49ers plan to make a "handful" of cuts tomorrow, but the main purge will come Saturday when every team must reduce its roster to 53 players.



MATTHEW BARROWS

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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