San Francisco 49ers

49ers pregame: No Dial, Lynch vs. Dolphins rushing attack

Defensive lineman Quinton Dial won’t play for the 49ers dues to knee and neck injuries.
Defensive lineman Quinton Dial won’t play for the 49ers dues to knee and neck injuries. The Bee

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. -- Wide receiver Torrey Smith is active for today’s game against the Dolphins but defensive lineman Quinton Dial is not.

That’s bad news for San Francisco’s beleaguered defense, especially considering the Dolphins are likely to lean heavily on second-year running back Jay Ajayi, who is averaging 89.1 yards per game this season. The 49ers, meanwhile, have given up 100-yard games to all but two tailback opponents this year and are allowing an NFL-worst 179.5 rushing yards per game.

Miami is without three of its regular offensive linemen: First-round draft pick Laremy Tunsil, tackle Branden Albert and center Mike Pouncey.

In addition, 49ers outside linebacker Aaron Lynch will miss his fourth straight contest with a high-ankle sprain. Eli Harold will start for Lynch while Tony Jerod-Eddie will start for Dial. Chris Jones, who played seven games this season for the Dolphins and who was claimed by the 49ers earlier this month, also is active.

Smith missed his first start in six seasons last week due to a shoulder injury. The team’s fastest and most accomplished receiver practiced throughout the week.

In the secondary, cornerback Jimmie Ward is active after suffering a concussion last week. Reserve safety Vinnie Sunseri also is active and is expected to play on special teams. Another reserve, Marcus Cromartie, is inactive. Dontae Johnson will serve as the No. 3 safety behind starters Antoine Bethea and Jaquiski Tartt.

49ers inactives

QB Christian Ponder

OLB Aaron Lynch

DL Quinton Dial

OT John Theus

CB Marcus Comartie

RB Mike Davis

TE J’Ron Hamm

Dolphins inactives

LT Laremy Tunsil

CB Jordan Lucas

C Mike Pouncey

LT Branden Albert

CB Xavien Howard

TE Thomas Duarte

DT Leon Orr

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