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Manningham inactive; Jacobs suits up for first time

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Manningham inactive; Jacobs suits up for first time

SAN FRANCISCO -- Wide receiver Mario Manningham will be inactive for the 49ers Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks due to a shoulder injury.Meanwhile, Brandon Jacobs will make his 49ers debut after being inactive for the first six games of the season.Manningham, who started four games this season, sustained a right shoulder injury at some point in the 49ers' loss Sunday to the New York Giants. Manningham appeared to be in discomfort with limited range of motion when he worked out on the field approximately two hours prior to kickoff.Manningham ranks second on the 49ers with 24 catches for 258 yards and one touchdown.
Randy Moss, Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn will likely get increased playing time with Manningham out of action.Jacobs has not played in a game since he sustained a left knee sprain Aug. 18 in the 49ers' second exhibition game. In the offseason, he signed a one-year, 1.575 million signing bonus with the 49ers after the New York Giants released him.Left tackle Joe Staley was medically cleared to play in the game, and he will start. Staley sustained a mild concussion in the third quarter when New York Giants defensive back leveled him with a block as Staley was in pursuit of Antrel Rolle after his second interception.49ers inactives
WR Mario Manningham
QB Scott Tolzien
WR A.J. Jenkins
RB LaMichael James
S Trenton Robinson
G Joe Looney
NT Ian Williams
Seahawks inactives
WR Charly Martin
S Winston Guy
CB Danny Gorrer
CB Byron Maxwell
G J.R. Sweezy
G John Moffitt
DT Jaye Howard

Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions

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Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions

SANTA CLARA – While rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is taking a micro view of his promotion, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not shy about admitting he is looking at the big picture.

Shanahan said how Beathard performs after replacing Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback will have “a ton” of influence on how the 49ers proceed during the offseason.

After all, the 49ers know every position will come under tremendous scrutiny as the organization looks to add the pieces that will make the club competitive.

“That’s for every position. That’s for every player on our team. That’s for every coach on our team,” Shanahan said. “We’re 0-6, and that’s extremely tough. But I’m extremely excited about this place and excited about where we’re at and where we’re going. There’s not a moment that I don’t waste thinking about that stuff.”

Beathard will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium.

Hoyer failed in his bid to earn consideration as the 49ers’ quarterback for the remainder of this season and beyond during his six starts. Hoyer completed just 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 74.1.

Now, Beathard gets his chance. But he said he is not thinking about the big picture and what it might mean for the future.

“I’m really just trying to take it one day, one week at a time,” Beathard said. “I’m not looking that far ahead. Right now, my focus is on today’s practice and geared towards beating the Cowboys and doing the best we can to get better and improve.”

Beathard was pressed into action last week when Hoyer’s struggles continued at Washngton. Beathard stepped in and completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception. For the first time, Beathard is getting the first-team practice snaps with a game plan that is designed specifically for him.

Said Beathard, “Getting those extra reps, reps with guys that you don’t usually throw to, in the huddle with the guys that are out there, I think it’ll help a lot.”

Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates

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Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates

More than 35 players from the 49ers’ first Super Bowl champion will be in attendance on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium to show support for Dwight Clark, who revealed in March he was diagnosed with ALS.

Clark, 60, will have ample opportunity to reconnect with some of his old friends on Saturday evening and again on Sunday. At halftime, Joe Montana, surrounded by most of the 49ers' 1981 team, will introduce Clark before a video tribute.

Clark is also expected to make some remarks while situated in a suite for the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Montana and his wife, Jennifer, have remained in close contact with Clark and his wife, Kelly. The Clarks recently watched the Blue Angels in San Francisco with the Montanas during Fleet Week.

“He’s getting pretty inundated with everyone staying in touch with him at this point,” Montana said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“It’s fun for him. At one point, he was telling his wife, Kelly, ‘This is what it’s all about. This is what I want and what I miss, seeing the guys.’ So any of the guys reaching out to him, he surely appreciates it.”

Montana said Clark has not lost his positive outlook or his sense of humor, as evidenced by some not-fit-for-print words he recently had about his wheelchair. Montana said there are always some good laughs and stories any time Clark gets together with his friends.

“That’s the fun part," Montana said. “You just try to get him to forget what’s there, and that you’re there for him whenever. I think the support is the biggest thing right now. In that stage of ALS, it's got to be getting tough, where all of a sudden, things are becoming more and more difficult.”