Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon Jacobs will travel with the San Francisco 49ers this week, but both standout veterans will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s road matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.
Jim Harbaugh made the announcement on Friday right before his team embarks on a three-city road trip.
The 49ers coach said it’s possible Ginn Jr. will field punts before Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
Ginn Jr., a sixth-year wideout, has been limited in practice all week, while Jacobs did not participate in any session this week.
Despite being limited in practice, Ginn Jr. was up-beat about rejoining his teammate this week.
“It’s always good to be able to practice and play with my team,” the talented return man said.
The frustration of being sidelined during the team’s 2-0 start is not wearing on Ginn Jr. though.
“It’s all mental,” he said. “You just have to stay upbeat, stay relaxed. Everybody else is going to take care of their business, so you have to take care of yours to get back into the fight.”
Ginn Jr. also said it’s a “blessing in disguise” to have so many weapons still to add to an emerging offensive attack.
“You still have a couple of guys who still can come in and make this offense more powerful,” Ginn Jr. said.
The veteran wideout is one of many players looking forward to the team’s week-long stay in Ohio next week. The Cleveland native will get to see many loved ones during the week.
“I’ll be able to see my mom and dad and a couple of family members,” Ginn Jr. said. “It’ll be good.”
Harbaugh, who recently had a newborn son himself, said he’ll be sad to be away from his family, but is pleased to be around his “49ers family.”
The 49ers coach also expressed his feelings towards San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who wore a red 49ers hat prior to a Thursday win over Colorado.
“I thought it was tremendous, tremendous, tremendous,” Harbaugh said. “I personally follow the Giants. I know myself included and a lot of the guys on the team here, have gotten a lot of inspiration following the club this year. The come from behind wins, the close games, they’re just a team that never gives up. They’re always fighting and coming up. It’s a never-say-die type of team, I love watching them.
Mostly, going to the park. Since we started football, I’ve been only catching them on the radio. Late at night, I’ll be driving home, just about every night it seems like they’ll re-broacast the game and I’ll catch it there. I just love it, Dave Flemming and all those guys doing the call of the game. It’s exciting, (them) winning with mind-numbing repetition. It’s been a real inspiration for me personally. I just want to salute them, just ‘congratulations.’ I know they’ll clinch the pennant here before we come back, but we’ll be following them.”
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