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January 14, 2012
Walker, Spencer inactive for 49ers; WR Moore no go for Saints

Delanie Walker, as expected, is inactive for today's game as he continues to recover from his broken jaw. Another veteran, cornerback Shawntae Spencer, also is inactive, an indication that rookie cornerback Chris Culliver has recovered from the illness that kept him out of Friday's walk-through.

The 49ers' four cornerbacks will be Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Culliver and second-year player Tramaine Brock. Walker, meanwhile, said this week that he is scheduled to have the wiring in his jaw removed Monday. The hope is that he'd be able to help the 49ers in the NFC Championship next Sunday should they win today's game.

The other inactive 49ers are rookies: quarterback Scott Tolzien, receiver Joe Hastings, offensive linemen Mike Person and Daniel Kilgore, and defensive tackle Ian Williams.

Wide receiver Lance Moore leads out of the inactive list for the Saints. Moore missed last week's game with a hamstring injury. The other inactive Saints players are cornerback Leigh Torrence, linebacker Nate Bussey, guard Eric Olsen, tight end Tamon Humphrey, tight end John Gilmore and defensive end Turk McBride

Here's the rumor mill: Actor Charlie Sheen is expected to be one of the glitteratti in attendance. He and Vernon Davis might get into a scrap about who has more Adonis DNA. Teen hearthrob (didn't think I'd ever write that phrase) Zac Efron is also supposed to be here. Huey Lewis -- what is this, 1984? -- will sign the national anthem and rapper Bailey is on hand to sing the 49ers' team anthem.

My guy Matt Kawahara is hosting a live chat during the game. It'll like being at a bar without the sticky floor and the jerk sitting next to you. Log onto www.sacbee.com/live to join in the fun.

-- 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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