DETROIT -- Trent Brown will get his first NFL start at right tackle in Detroit while Jarryd Hayne is in uniform for the first time since Week 6.
Brown, the team’s 6-8 seventh-round draft pick, played well in the second half of last week’s game against the Bengals and defensive end Carlos Dunlap. Today he’ll mostly go against 6-5, 275-pound Jason Jones although Ezekiel Ansah, who is tied for second in the NFL in sacks, could face Brown as well.
Brown is playing because right guard Marcus Martin is out with a concussion. That prompted the 49ers to slide Eric Pears to right guard and to start Brown. The 49ers will go into today’s game with just one offensive-line starter -- left tackle Joe Staley -- who started the team’s Week 1 win over Minnesota.
Hayne, meanwhile, is back on the active roster because of injuries at running back, primarily starter Shaun Draughn’s knee injury. Hayne likely will serve as the backup at running back and punt returner and also could see action on special teams coverage units.
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A league source said Sunday that Hayne is expected to be on next week’s active roster as well. That means the 49ers will control Hayne’s rights for the 2016 season. The former Aussie Rugby League star has said he’s eager to continue his NFL odyssey next season.
The starter at running back either will be Kendall Gaskins or DuJuan Harris, who was signed in the run-up to today’s game.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, who missed the last two games with a concussion, is back in the lineup. He figures to start opposite Ahmad Brooks. Fellow outside linebacker Corey Lemonier is inactive.
WR Jerome Simpson
LB Michael Wilhoite
OLB Corey Lemonier
RB Shaun Draughn
CB Chris Davis
G Brandon Thomas
OL Marcus Martin