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August 21, 2008
Windy City game blog

Welcome to Chicago .... The wind is out of the east at 7 mph., about 50 mph less than it was in 2005 ...

Here are the 49ers who won't be playing tonight: G Adam Snyder (ankle), T Jonas Jennings (knuckle), WR Bryant Johnson (hamstring), WR Arnaz Battle (hamstring) and RB Deshaun Foster. Foster's grandfather passed away and Foster is attending the services ... WR Ashley Lelie (calf), RB Michael Robinson (knee), S Lewis Baker (thigh) and G David Baas are not on the list but they're not playing either. CB Tarell Brown (hip) made the trip to Chicago but will not play.

Notable Bears who will be out: First-round draft pick Chris Williams (back), TE Desmond Clark (who killed the 49ers two years ago during a game in Chicago) and G Terrence Metcalf.

* Josh Morgan will start at receiver for Johnson; Brian de la Puente will start for Snyder.

* As was the case last week, safeties Mark Roman and Keith Lewis will wear the radio receiver for the 49ers' defense.

* Quarterback controversy? Who needs a quarterback? The 49ers just marched 59 yards on three runs by Frank Gore and one by Zak Keasey, who has double duty at fullback and tailback with Foster out ...

* The promising drive bogs down with a one-yard run on third and five. Joe Nedney kicks a 28-yard FG ...


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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