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August 18, 2008
Jennings to miss Bears game

We're still awaiting a diagnosis for RT Jonas Jennings, who injured a knuckle on one of his hands Saturday night. What we do know, however, is that Jennings will not play in Thursday's game against Chicago. Mike Nolan is expected to give us the details following the afternoon practice, which ends at 3:45 p.m. Barry Sims is expected to start at right tackle ...

Ashley Lelie was wearing a sleeve over his left calf today in the lockerroom. Lelie said he has a small tear in the calf muscle, and the sleeve is designed to increase circulation and speed up the healing process. He's been doing some light running for the last week or so. Today, he said, the plan is to take it up a notch with the hope of playing in Thursday's game. Lelie is walking a very fine line. He's on the proverbial "bubble" and needs to give coaches a reason to keep him on the 53-man roster. Still, he said he rushed back too quickly on Aug. 4 and reinjured the calf.

Ray McDonald was a popular guy in the locker room after recording 1 1/2 sacks in a little less than one half of play. McDonald admitted he had a rough rookie season. At Florida, the goal was to get up field as quickly as possible, and his quick release off the line was an asset in that regard. The 49ers' scheme, on the other hand, called for analysis over instinct, and required him to hold up offensive linemen at the line of scrimmage so the linebackers could make the play.

Judging from the Packers game, McDonald has adjusted nicely entering his second season. He showed a nice combination of quickness and power in the first half, slipping inside left guard Jason Spitz to force a sack early in the game and then bull rushing Spitz to get another sack later on.

-- 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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