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November 25, 2013
49ers down three starters against Redskins


The 49ers' defense will take on Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense without defensive starters Tarell Brown and Ray McDonald, both of whom are inactive tonight.

Brown, who is dealing with bruised ribs, will be replaced by Tramaine Brock at right cornerback. Brock, 25, started against Houston earlier this year because he was the team's nickel cornerback. Tonight's game will be his first start at right cornerback, and he may be a key piece of the 49ers' future at cornerback.

McDonald, meanwhile, is dealing with a high-ankle sprain suffered two weeks ago in the loss to the Panthers. Like last week, Tony Jerod-Eddie likely will fill in at left defensive end. The Redskins have won just three games this year, but their offense has been able to move the ball. Washington ranks first in rushing offense, averaging 155.2 yards a game. Griffin and the Redskins rank 10th in passing offense, averaging 157 yards a game.

On offense, Adam Snyder will start at left guard in place of Mike Iupati, who is out with a sprained MCL. Iupati's injury also means that second-year player Joe Looney, a fourth-round pick a year ago, will be in uniform for the first time in his career. Third tight end Garrett Celek (hamstring) also will miss a second straight game and will be replaced by Derek Carrier.

The team did not activate Michael Crabtree but will do so on Tuesday. Another receiver, Quinton Patton, is inactive today but is close to returning from a broken foot suffered in Week 4.

For the Redskins, tight end Jordan Reed, who is second on the team in catches and receiving yards, is inactive. Former 49er Josh Morgan will start in place of Leonard Hankerson at receiver.

QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
WR Quinton Patton
CB Tarell Brown
G Mike Iupati
TE Garrett Celek
DE Ray McDonald's
DE Tank Carradine

QB Rex Grossman
FB Darrel Young
S Jose Gumbs
LB Brandon Jenkins
G Josh LeRibeus
TE Jordan Reed
DE Stephen Bowen

- 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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