Thirty-somethings Justin Smith and Frank Gore were among the players listed on the 49ers' first injury report of the week Monday. The team held a walk-through instead of a practice. But because of Thursday's game, they and the Seahawks were required to submit injury reports as if they had a full practice.
Offensive right tackle Anthony Davis still is experiencing post-concussion symptoms, and his availability for Thursday’s game is up in the air, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said today. Davis suffered a concussion at the end of the team’s Nov. 16 game against the New York Giants and did not play Sunday against Washington.
The ideal scenario for a team facing a Thursday kickoff is a blowout victory the Sunday prior in which most of the starters are wearing baseball caps in the fourth quarter. The 49ers didn't do that Sunday, requiring a late fourth-down conversion, a late touchdown drive and all sorts of nail biting before winning their game.
After a second-quarter hit on quarterback Robert Griffin III on Sunday, Aldon Smith ran to sideline with the tip of his middle finger bent at an awkward angle. The digit was dislocated but wouldn't be for long. Smith said he popped it back in place himself and was back on the field two plays later.
Both teams today will operate without an offensive tackle drafted in the first round in 2010. Washington’s left tackle, Trent Williams, is inactive with an MCL sprain. That sends rookie Morgan Moses into the lineup to face Aldon Smith, who promises to see plenty of action at right outside linebacker.
Right tackle Anthony Davis, who suffered a concussion late in Sunday's win over the Giants, missed practice this week and will not play Sunday against Washington. Jonathan Martin will make his sixth start this season in Davis’ place.
Matt Barrows 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 Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at email@example.com.