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December 12, 2012
Men in black -- four 49ers in no-contact jerseys

The 49ers appeared to be a fairly healthy bunch as they began practicing for Sunday's game against New England. Four 49ers were in black, no-contact jerseys to begin practice: Receiver Mario Manningham (shoulder), outside linebacker Aldon Smith (shoulder), fullback Bruce Miller (shoulder) and linebacker/special teamer Tavares Gooden (ribs).

Of that group, Manningham's appears injury to be the most severe. He missed Sunday's game against Miami and did not have his helmet for the start of today's practice. The other three were taking part in individual drills and likely will be listed as "limited" on today's practice participation report.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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