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November 6, 2008
Battle, Sims, Goldson out for Monday

With a Monday night game following a bye week, the 49ers had as much rest as they possibly could have had. Still, they will have more players out - three - than any game this season. At right tackle Barry Sims will miss the game because of an ankle injury. The hope is that Jonas Jennings will be healthy enough to regain his starting spot. If not, Adam Snyder would play. Chilo Rachal would be an emergency back-up. Jennings and defensive lineman Ray McDonald (knee) will be limited in today's practice.

Arnaz Battle, the team's No. 3 receiver, also is out with a foot injury. It's unclear who will fill in. Battle has more receptions this year than any of the team's wideouts and he has played in 42 consective games dating back to 2005. Who will replace him? The team's top three receivers are Isaac Bruce, Josh Morgan and Bryant Johnson, but Jason Hill normally plays behind Battle.

Also, safety Dashon Goldson will miss his second straight game with a knee injury. Keith Lewis has been filling in in Goldson's absence. The knee injury is not considered long term.

More evidence that there are no long-term issues between Mike Singletary and Vernon Davis; Singletary was asked whether Davis would continue to start at tight end. "Oh, yeah. Heck yeah," the interim coach said with amused bewilderment. "We do want to win."

-- 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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