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November 19, 2008
King of the Hill: QB named offensive player of the week

Shaun Hill's perfect first half against the Rams on Sunday earned him the title of NFC offensive player of the week. Hill, who steered the 49ers to 28 second-quarter points, is the first 49er to get the honor since Frank Gore got it last year following the team's overtime win in Arizona. Said Hill: "It's a great honor. But it's an honor that you share with the whole team."

Asked today whether he had the composition of the offensive line the way he wants it, Mike Singletary paused and then started talking about one of his favorite topics, Chilo Rachal. "Chilo is doing a good job. This week, Chilo may get more reps. Depending on how things go, he may get a chance to start." Over the last two games, Rachal has been substituting for a series or two for Tony Wragge at right guard. If Rachal does start against the Cowboys, it will be at Wragge's expense. Said Wragge: "I don't have anything to say about it. I'm sorry."

Patrick Willis and Justin Smith are among the seven players who aren't practicing today. Willis has a hip strain while Smith is merely being given rest. In addition, Arnaz Battle (foot), Dashon Goldson (knee), Walt Harris (rest), Josh Morgan (groin) and Mark Roman (groin) will miss practice. No one has been ruled out of Sunday's game at this point.

Tarell Brown (neck), Michael Robinson (stinger), Delanie Walker (shoulder) and Barry Sims (foot) will be limited in practice.

-- 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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