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September 14, 2008
Jennings injured, Willis nicked; Game-day blog

The injury bug that the 49ers have managed to avoid thus far has bitten in today's game. Patrick Willis was injured after making a stop on Julius Jones late in the third quarter. He played the next snap but was limping badly on the play and left the game. It is being described as a leg injury but it looked more like an ankle injury to me. He is not on the field. Jeff Ulbrich has taken his place. ... UPDATE: Willis was just seen jogging back from the training room. He is on the sideline but not in the game. UPDATE: Willis is back on the field. By my count, he missed 14 plays.

Meanwhile, Jonas Jennings is out of the game with a shoulder injury and Dashon Goldson is out with a knee injury. They have been replaced with Barry Sims and Keith Lewis respectively. Shawntae Spencer also had to be helped off the field.

A Fox Sports story says the Buccaneers called the 49ers to see if there was any interest in unhappy QB Jeff Garcia. The 49ers, however, said there never was an offer. "No offer, no discussion," was how GM Scot McCloughan phrased it. The 49ers might have had more interest if Garcia had been available before the season. Adding him now would be difficult considering how long it would take him to learn Mike Martz's offense. ...

CB Donald Strickland (knee) will not play today. CB Tarell Brown will take his place on the game-day roster. The other inactives for today are:

CB Marcus Hudson
CB Reggie Smith
C Cody Wallace
LB Tully Banta-Cain
G Chilo Rachal
LB Ahmad Brooks
Jamie Martin is the third QB

Here are the Seahawks' inactives
K Brandon Coutu
RB Maurice Morris
T Sean Locklear
DT Red Bryant
WR Deion Branch
WR Bobby Engram
DE Baraka Atkins
Charlie Frye is the third QB

This seems like a winnable game, and I wouldn't normally say that about 49ers-Seahawks game in Seattle. Logan Payne and Courtney Taylor are Seattle's starting wideouts. Morris, their best running back, is out while Matt Hasselbeck has been dealing with a back injury. With the Lions visiting next week, it seems like a very, very good opportunity to string together two wins.

I'm going to have the ol' binocs trained on two defensive players today, linebackers Manny Lawson and Takeo Spikes. I thought Spikes had a bad game last week and want to see if he improves. Lawson? I don't remember seeing him at all, and I wonder if he's indeed fully recovered from last year's torn ACL. On offense, it'll be interesting to see if the 49ers' tackles can handle the Seahawks' edge rushers. Please feel free to add your scouting reports to the comments section ...

-- 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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