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49ers pregame: Aaron Lynch won’t play vs. Browns

Aaron Lynch, who leads the 49ers in sacks this season, will not play against the Browns after suffering a concussion last week.
Aaron Lynch, who leads the 49ers in sacks this season, will not play against the Browns after suffering a concussion last week. The Bee

CLEVELAND -- Aaron Lynch, who has arguably been the 49ers’ best defensive player this season, is out for today’s game after suffering a concussion last week in Chicago. Lynch missed Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices but was on the field on a limited basis Friday.

Fellow starters linebacker Michael Wilhoite (ankle) and tight end Vance McDonald (concussion) also are out for today’s game. Receiver Torrey Smith will play despite being slowed in the run-up to the game with toe and back issues. Smith never has missed a start since entering the league in 2011.k this season.

Lynch has 6 1/2 sacks to lead the 49ers this season. Ahmad Brooks (four) sacks will start at outside linebacker with either Corey Lemonier or Eli Harold starting opposite him. Neither Lemonier nor Harold has recorded a sack this season.

Gerald Hodges will start in place of Wilhoite at inside linebacker; Rookie Blake Bell will start in place of McDonald. The 49ers added Brian Leonhardt from the practice squad Saturday to bolster its numbers at tight end.

Last week, Smith became the first 49er with three catches of 70 yards or more in the same season since John Taylor did it in 1989. However, he was noticeably hobbled during the week of practice. Receiver Jerome Simpson is active today -- he was inactive the last two weeks -- in case Smith is not fully healthy.

For the Browns, receivers Brian Hartline and Marlon Moore are both active after being designated questionable for the game. Terrelle Pryor is expected to play receiver as well.

49ers inactives

OLB Aaron Lynch

OL Ian Silberman

OL Brandon Thomas

WR DeAndrew White

LB Michael Wilhoite

TE Vance McDonald

CB Chris Davis

Browns inactives

WR Andrew Hawkins

WR Taylor Gabriel

DB Justin Gilbert

DB Joe Haden

DB Pierre Desir

OL Gabe Ikard

WR Dwayne Bowe

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

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