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December 30, 2007
Derek Smith inactive

Linebacker Derek Smith is inactive for today's game in Cleveland, and Jeff Ulbrich will get the start instead. Smith, of course, is one of several veteran 49ers who may not be back next season. He's 32, he'll make a lot of money next season and he has been battling injuries the last two seasons. Smith, however, said this past week that he is not interested in retiring.
The other inactives are Trent Dilfer, Shaun Hill, Marcus Hudson, Shawntae Spencer, Damane Duckett, Atiyyah Ellison and Jason Hill.
For the Browns, Rocardo Colclough, Marvin Philip, Antwan Peek, Melila Purcell, Isaac Sowells, Travis Wilson and Orpheus Roye are inactive. Ken Dorsey is the third QB.

Just watched as Scot McCloughan chatted on the sideline for 15 or so minutes with Kathy Nolan. I'm no body language expert, but it seemed like a rather friendly rapport.

-- Matt 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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