The San Francisco 49ers enter Sunday night’s home opener relatively healthy. Two players, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and running back Brandon Jacobs, were officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions.
Both players were inactive in the team’s 30-22 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Harbaugh, however, said Jacobs is “getting close” to returning to action.
“Might have a shot this week,” Harbaugh said on Friday, pointing out it’ll be a game-time decision to activate Jacobs on the 46-man active gameday roster.
Detroit, on the other hand, officially listed cornerback Dwight Bentley out for Sunday. Furthermore, the Lions will be tested in the secondary with safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Chris Houston both listed as doubtful.
If the 49ers are to rely on Kyle Williams as the primary punt returner, Harbaugh is comfortable with such a scenario. The same can be said for Williams who returned a punt 20 yards last week to help set up David Akers’ 63-yard, NFL-record tying longest kick.
“Kyle is very good and we’d like to see him keep improving,” the 49ers coach said.
Harbaugh was also outspoken about his new right guard, converted tackle Alex Boone.
“I thought he did well with the line, that’s a collective group effort,” Harbaugh said before adding, “They don’t get a lot of credit, but this line is coming.”
Boone, himself, met with the media to discuss his challenging matchup against Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Boone is well-aware of Suh’s burst of the ball, but was also impressed with the strength Suh demonstrated when making a one-armed tackle of St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson.
“It’s to be a challenge – I look forward to it,” Boone said.
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