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December 15, 2013
49ers pregame: No Iupati, but Tarell Brown is back

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Mike Iupati will miss his fourth straight start today, but another 49er who was injured Nov. 17 against New Orleans, Tarell Brown, will play. It's unclear whether Brown will retain his starting cornerback job over Tramaine Brock. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has said that Brown, who suffered a serious rib injury against the Saints, would be eased back into the mix.

"Well, when Tarell's healthy enough to play, we'll play him some," Fangio said this week. "And how that will shape itself out will be determined based upon his health."

Iupati suffered a sprained MCL against the New Orleans. He practiced in the run-up to today's game but still was moving with a slight limp. Adam Snyder will start in his place.

Also inactive is tight end Vance McDonald, who suffered an ankle sprain in the first half against the Rams two weeks ago. McDonald played in the second half of that game as well as last week against the Seahawks. He was limited at practice during the week and listed as questionable on the injury report.

Another tight end, Garrett Celek, is back today after suffering a hamstring injury against Carolina. He, Vernon Davis and Derek Carrier will be the team's tight ends today.

49ers inactives:
WR Quinton Patton
LB Nick Moody
G Ryan Seymour
DT Quinton Dial
G Mike Iupati
WR Jon Baldwin
TE Vance McDonald

Buccaneers inactives:
G Carl Nicks
CB Deveron Carr
FB/RB Lonnie Pryor
S Bradley McDougald
LB Danny Lansanah
G Patrick Omameh
DT Gary Gibson

-- 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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