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November 11, 2011
Gore probable, McDonald questionable for Giants

Defensive end Ray McDonald (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game as is fullback Moran Norris (fibula). Ten other players, including running back Frank Gore (ankle) are listed as probable.

They are: LB Navorro Bowman (shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (foot), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), S Dashon Goldson (knee), Gore (ankle), RB Kendall Hunter (ankle), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe), TE Delanie Walker (knee), S Donte Whitner (thigh)

Every player on the 53-man roster either went through a limited practice or practiced in full Wednesday-Friday.

Odds & Ends

• Washington receiver Terrance Austin was fined $7500 for an illegal crack-back block against the 49ers on Sunday. The penalty occurred in the third quarter. There were no other fines in the game.

• The 49ers hung an American flag from the goal-post netting in honor of Veterans Day. Harbaugh said it reminded him of the arrangement at the University of Michigan's "Big House." "Very patriotic," Harbaugh said.

• To add to the theme, the 49ers practiced today to what Harbaugh called a patriotic soundtrack. It included Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA," (which isn't exactly a flattering portrayal of the nation) and James Brown's "Living in America."

• At cornerback Carlos Rogers' suggestion, the 49ers have begun honoring the scout team players of the week. Those are the players who in practice do a particularly good job of giving the starters accurate portrayals of their Sunday opponents. Harbaugh lists the awards after games. Following the team's win over the Redskins, Tavares Gooden won it for defense, Mike Person won for offense and Cory Nelms won for special teams.

-- 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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