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49ers pre-game: DeAndrew White will take Bruce Ellington’s spot

Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) celebrates his game winning touchdown with wide receiver Christion Jones (22) in the second half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Alabama won in overtime 20-13.
Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) celebrates his game winning touchdown with wide receiver Christion Jones (22) in the second half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Alabama won in overtime 20-13. AP

PITTSBURGH -- Receiver and return man Bruce Ellington will not play today after suffering an ankle sprain late last week. With Reggie Bush also absent because of a calf strain, a trio of rookies will fill in at key roles -- offensively and on special teams -- against the Steelers.

One of them is undrafted receiver DeAndrew White, who was not in uniform in Week 1. White not only will take over Ellington’s role at receiver, he is an option to return punts, something both Ellington and Bush can do.

Running back Jarryd Hayne likely is to see action on punt returns, too, and will be in the mix at running back behind Carlos Hyde. Another rookie, Mike Davis, also will fill in at running back. Davis, a fourth-round pick from South Carolina, did not suit up for last week’s game against the Vikings.

The injuries also alter kick returner. White, Hayne and Quinton Patton are options there. It also means 10 rookies will be active for the game: White, Davis, Hayne, Arik Armstead, Jaquiski Tartt, Eli Harold, Blake Bell, Bradley Pinion, Ian Silberman and Trent Brown.

As was the case against the Vikings, the 49ers will go into the game with four tight ends and with Silberman and Brown in the role of backup offensive linemen.

49ers inactives

Bruce Ellington

Reggie Bush

Shareece Wright

Brandon Thomas

Mike Purcell

Nick Easton

Corey Lemonier

Steelers inactives

QB Landry Jones

WR Sammie Coates

CB Cortez Allen

C/G Chris Hubbard

TE Jesse James

DE L.T. Walton

DE Caushaud Lyons

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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