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September 25, 2013
Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis listed as questionable vs. Rams

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Tight end Vernon Davis and Patrick Willis are listed as questionable on the 49ers' day-before-game injury report. One player, however, seems a lot more likely to play than the other.

Davis (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis this week. (The only full practice occurred on Tuesday). Willis (groin) did not practice this week. Neither did cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (knee). They are likely to be replaced by Michael Wilhoite and Tramaine Brock respectively Thursday against the Rams.

Aldon Smith is not currently on the roster as he seeks treatment for what the team has termed "a personal matter." Dan Skuta and rookie Corey Lemonier will fill in for him at right outside linebacker. For more on Skuta -- my guess is he'll start and Lemonier will come in on passing downs -- click here.

Meanwhile, receiver Kyle Williams also is listed as questionable with both rib and knee injuries. Williams also practiced Tuesday and neither injury is considered serious. Williams has served as both the team's No. 2 receiver and its punt returner through the first three weeks. Tackle Anthony Davis also went through a limited practice Tuesday.

LaMichael James, who missed the first three games of the season with a knee injury, is not on the injury report this week. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman, however, on Tuesday said that James would be a game-time decision. For the Rams, offensive tackle Roger Saffold (knee) and defensive end Williams Hayes (knee) will not play.

49ers
Questionable: CB Nnamdi Asomugha (knee), T Anthony Davis (shoulder), TE Vernon Davis (hamstring), S Raymond Ventrone (concussion), WR Kyle Williams (rib, knee), LB Patrick Willis (groin)

Probable: LB Navorro Bowman (wrist), C Jonathan Goodwin (elbow), RB Frank Gore (knee), G Mike Iupati (shoulder), DT Ray McDonald (ankle, ankle), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)

Rams
Out: DE William Hayes (knee), T Rodger Saffold (knee)

Probable: T Joe Barksdale (not injury related), WR Chris Givens (knee), LB James Laurinaitis (foot), T Jake Long (foot), S T.J. McDonald (knee), TE Mike McNeill (chest), RB Daryl Richardson (foot), G Chris Williams (foot)

-- 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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