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September 21, 2008
Three cornerbacks inactive for today's game

The 49ers will take on the receiver-heavy Lions today without three cornerbacks. Shawntae Spencer and Donald Strickland are out of the game with knee injuries. Marcus Hudson is inactive. That means that Tarell Brown and rookie Reggie Smith will be on the 53-man today and likely will be used heavily. The other inactives are:

Jamie Martin (3rd QB)
Ahmad Brooks
Tully Banta-Cain
Jonas Jennings
Cody Wallace

Second-round pick Chilo Rachal also will be active for the first time this season. In fact, Wallace is the only rookie who is not active. The inactives for the Lions are:

Drew Stanton (3rd QB)
CB Ramzee Robinson
LB Jordan Dizon
G Manny Ramirez
T Damion Cook
DE Cliff Avril
DT Andre Fluellen
DT Landon Cohen

As far as starters ... Just like last week, Jeff Ulbrich started the game next to Patrick Willis but Takeo Spikes took over on the second defensive series. Brown and Dashon Goldson were in the game on third down.

It looks like Tarell Brown has been assigned to cover Mike Furrey when the Lions go with three wide receivers. Both Walt Harris and Nate Clements have been matched against Roy Williams thus far. It's essentially the same tactic the 49ers use against the Cardinals.

Keith Lewis limped off the field following the kickoff after the 49ers' first TD. Trainers are looking at either his right knee or ankle.... Lewis has gone to the locker room to have his right knee examined.

In case you haven't seen for yourself, Keith Lewis is back in the game. In fact, he just caused a fumble on the most recent kick return.

Dashon Goldson, who whiffed on the touchdown pass to Rudi Johnson, has a shoulder injury and is questionable to return. Keith Lewis is filling in at the end of the game.


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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