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December 15, 2007
49ers pregame observations

Just watched Shaun Hill warm up for about 20 minutes. The wrap on his right index finger is visible from the press box and that finger is so swollen that some members of the media -- ok, it's me -- have taken to calling him "sausage fingers." (It's from "The Office.")
Anyway, it looked like Hill had nice zip up to 25 yards. Throwing long has been problematic with the finger, which is the last one to leave the ball, and he didn't attempt any throws beyond 25 yards.

-- Just saw John York walk up to Kathy Nolan and give her a peck on the cheek. York is walking around the field, shaking hands and looking very much like the guy in charge.

-- "Constantine" from American Idol was in the press box. Dude's a regular on one of my favorite shows, The Soup (and not in a good way). He'll be singing the National Anthem

-- Inactives are Trent Dilfer, Marcus Hudson, Shawntae Spencer, Atiyyah Ellison, Patrick Estes, LeRon McCoy, Ray McDonald and Bryan Gilmore. Gilmore's inactivity means Jason Hill will be active. Will he play? That's another question ...

-- Bengals inactives are WR Marcus Maxwell, CB David Jones, C Dan Santucci, T Willie Anderson, TE Nate Lawrie, DE Frostee Rucker, LB Rashad Jeanty. QB Jeff Rowe is the third QB.


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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