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January 20, 2012
49ers had their own bout with the flu before Saints game


Asked about the flu bug the Giants are dealing with at the moment, Jim Harbaugh said every team has to contend with viruses from time to time. In fact, the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback, Chris Culliver, was hit with the flu at this time last week. Culliver missed last Friday's practice and was so stricken Saturday that he was sure Tramaine Brock would have to play against the Saints.

"I woke up and told my brother that I wasn't playing," Culliver said. Said Harbaugh: "He looked like he'd have had to die to get better."

Culliver said his fever "only" got to 101 degrees. But he was dealing with stomach cramps and chills so bad that he played the game - in 60-plus degree temperatures - with long sleeves. The combination of intravenous fluids and adreneline got him through the game against the most prolific passing attack in the league.

Harbaugh said that Ted Ginn (knee) "did some things, did some work" during Friday's practice and would be listed as questionable. Ginn did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He said that Delanie Walker (jaw) also would be listed as questionable. He said he thought Jonathan Goodwin (calf) would play.

The 49ers practiced in a very light drizzle yesterday, but the heavy showers that were forecast never materialized in Santa Clara. Harbaugh said he regretted not being able to practice in a more powerful storm.

The 49ers' full injury report will be released later today.

-- 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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