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October 6, 2013
No Patrick Willis as 49ers get set for Texans

SAN FRANCISCO - Patrick Willis and Nnamdi Asomugha will sit out a second straight game as they return from their respective injuries.

Willis, who suffered a groin strain on Sept. 22, warmed up for more than a half hour but never went at full speed. He consulted with strength coach Mark Uyeyama, head trainer Jeff Ferguson, and finally, Jim Harbaugh, before heading back into the 49ers' locker room. Michael Wilhoite will make his second-ever NFL start in his place.

In addition to Willis' absence, the 49ers will play without sack leader Aldon Smith. Dan Skuta will start in his place with rookie Corey Lemonier entering on passing downs.

Asomugha, meanwhile, seems close to recovering from a knee injury that also occurred Sept. 22 against the Colts. Tramaine Brock will serve as the team's No. 3 cornerback and should have a busy game against the Texans.

In the run-up to the game, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said the team's inside linebackers would be particularly challenged by the Texans offense, which uses plenty of misdirection and play action. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub also likes to throw to his tight ends, Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham, each of whom has three touchdowns on the season.

Marlon Moore is active after being inactive last week against the Rams. John Skelton will serve as the team's third quarterback.

WR Quinton Patton
WR/TE Chris Harper
QB John Skelton
CB Nnamdi Asomugha
LB Jermaine Cunningham
LB Patrick Willis
G Joe Looney

QB Case Keenum
WR Lestar Jean
OT Andrew Gardner
G Brandon Brooks
DL Tim Jamison
DE Sam Montgomer
LB Tim Dobbins

-- 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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