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The 49ers have nearly filled out their practice squad. They signed linebacker Justin Roland, who was picked up by the Eagles earlier this year as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State. At 5-11, 242 pounds, Roland has the look of a "ted" linebacker. ... The team had expected to re-sign WR Chris Hannon to the practice squad today, but he was claimed by the Miami Dolphins instead. The 49ers play the Dolphins in a week and a half. Coincidence?

Today's practice is the first that Nate Clements (thumb) has missed since joining the 49ers last year. Don't expect Clements to miss Sunday's game, either. He's played in every game since entering the league in 2001.

The 49ers are petitioning the league to change the sack totals from Sunday's game. As it stands now, Justin Smith has 1 ½ sacks from the game and Roderick Green has a half sack. If the team is successful, Green would get a full sack.

Brett Favre apparently no longer does conference calls, so the Bay Area (and I) media had to settle for our No. 2 choice, receiver Laveranues Coles, who seemed put off that he had to field so many questions about Favre. (Whaa!) Anyway, that got me thinking about which 49ers players the opposing media have asked for this season. Oddly enough, one of the best players on team as far as talking to reporters, quarterback Shaun Hill, has yet to be tapped. Here's the list, courtesy of PR phenom Ryan Moore:

Game 1 - J.T. O'Sullivan (vs. Arizona)

Game 2 -J.T. O'Sullivan (at Seattle)

Game 3 - J.T. O'Sullivan (vs. Detroit)

Game 4 - J.T. O'Sullivan (at New Orleans)

Game 4 - Nate Clements (vs. New England)

Game 5 - Michael Lewis (vs. Philadelphia)

Game 6 - Frank Gore (at New York Giants)

Game 7 - Patrick Willis (vs. Seattle)

Game 8 - Patrick Willis (at Arizona)

Game 9 - No Player (vs. St. Louis)

Game 10 - Frank Gore (at Dallas)

Game 11 - Takeo Spikes (at Buffalo)

Game 12 - Takeo Spikes (vs. New York Jets)

-- 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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