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October 17, 2007
Wait and see for Smith, Davis

Alex Smith and Vernon Davis will go through a limited practice today but Mike Nolan is not yet ready to say they'll start Sunday against the Giants. Both will go through individual drills and Nolan said he'll see how much both can handle. Practice starts at 11:15 a.m. Nolan reiterated that the fact the team is playing the New York Giants, who have more sacks than any other team in the league, has no bearing on whether Smith will start. "If the doctors say he's healthy to go, that's the decison I make," Nolan said. The only other player with injury issues is special teams ace Keith Lewis who has a hamstring strain.

Nolan also said there would be no change in the starting lineup at receiver. Darrell Jackson will start at split end and Arnaz Battle will start at flanker. As for Ashley Lelie, "He'll have a role in the things we're doing."
-- Matt Barrows



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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