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September 26, 2008
Five questionable for Saints game

With the exception of Jonas Jennings and Shawntae Spencer who are out for Sunday's game, every 49er took part in today's practice, some on a limited basis. Bryant Johnson (hamstring), Keith Lewis (knee), Michael Lewis (elbow), Dashon Goldson (shoulder) and Donald Strickland (knee) all are listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Because the 49ers are so deep at defensive back, they will wait to see if they incur any more serious injuries Sunday before putting Spencer (torn ACL) on injured reserve.

Meanwhile, four Saints - fullback Mike Karney (ankle), cornerback Aaron Glenn (ankle), receiver Marques Colston (thumb) and tight end Jeremy Shockey (sports hernia) -- have been ruled out for the game. Center Jonathan Goodwin (hamstring) and receiver David Patten (groin) are game-time decisions. Linebacker Scott Fujita (knee) and left tackle Jammal Brown (hip) both practiced fully on Friday. They're listed as probable.

Just had a chat with Jed York. The recent announcement that Steve Young will have his jersey number retired has prompted a lot of questions about Jerry Rice and his No. 80. A ceremony is coming, York said. For now, he and the 49ers want to focus their attention on Young, whose jersey will be retired on Oct. 5. After that, they'll get in touch with Rice and begin nailing down a date.

I know. I know. I'm obsessed with Carl Nicks. But I can't get over the fact that the Saints list his age as 25. Back in April, Barrows did some sleuthing and determined that his birth date was May of 1985 not March of 1983, which is how the Saints list it. Apparently, they got the date from the University of Nebraska, which is why he was listed as 25 in all the pre-draft guides. Nicks, of course, will be starting at left guard Sunday. My guy Mike Triplett wrote a feature on Nicks in today's Times-Picayune.

-- 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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