49ers inactives: Ginn, Jacobs, top rookies out again

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49ers inactives: Ginn, Jacobs, top rookies out again

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon Jacobs remain inactive for the 49ers on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.Also, the team's top draft picks, receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James, will not be in uniform. Neither Jenkins nor James has played in a regular-season game.Eric Bakhtiari, the team's only backup outside linebacker, and rookie tight end Garrett Celek will suit up for the game. Bakhtiari was signed this week to take the roster spot that opened when the NFL suspended Clark Haggans three games for violating the league's policy on substance abuse.Celek and safety Trenton Robinson are the only two rookies in uniform for the 49ers. Robinson was a sixth-round draft pick. Celek was undrafted. Both played college football at Michigan State.Ginn had his first week of limited practice after sustaining an ankle sprain Aug. 26 against the Denver Broncos in the 49ers' third exhibition game.Kyle Williams handled the punt-return chores in the first two games. Williams has 28 return yards on two punt returns. He also has three fair-catches. Kendall Hunter has averaged 23.2 yards on five kickoff returns with one fumble.Jacobs has not practiced since sustaining a left knee sprain Aug. 18 against the Houston Texans in the 49ers' second exhibition game. His status for next week's game at the New York Jets is unknown, as he will likely require at least one week of full practice for the 49ers to play him in a game.49ers inactives
QB Scott Tolzien
WR A.J. Jenkins
WR Ted Ginn Jr.
RB LaMichael James
RB Brandon Jacobs
G Joe Looney
NT Ian WilliamsVikings inactives
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
WR Jarius Wright
CB Brandon Burton
S Robert Blanton
LB Erin Henderson
G Mark Asper
DE D'Aundre ReedMarvin Mitchell will start at weakside linebacker in place of Henderson, who is out with a concussion. The 49ers lead the overall series 22-21-1, but the Vikings hold a 9-13 advantage in games played in Minnesota. The Vikings have won the past two meetings and four out of five, including a stirring 27-24 victory over in the final seconds on Brett Favre's 32-yard TD pass to Greg Lewis with :02 remaining.Since the beginning of last season, the 49ers are 7-2 in road games, ranking tied for second in the NFL with the New England Patriots. The Green Bay Packers are 7-1, entering their game Monday night at the Seattle Seahawks.--Quarterback Alex Smith has attempted 216 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest streak in team history. He has won 16 of his past 19 starts.--In Smith's career, 49ers are 12-0 when Smith starts and has passer rating of 100 or better.--The 49ers have won seven in row when running back Frank Gore gains 100 yards or more rushing. Since 2006, Gore has 7,218 rush yards, second-most most in the NFL.--Since entering the NFL in 2007, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leads league with 6,896 rush yards and 66 rushing touchdowns. In 37 career home games, he has rushed for 3,854 yards (104.2 per game) and 36 TDs.

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

SANTA CLARA -- General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected.

Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character.

Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time with an ankle injury. In seven games, Lynch recorded just 1.5 sacks.

John Lynch and Shanahan told Aaron Lynch his past transgressions would not be held against him, but he had to work hard and prove himself. As Lynch enters the final year of his original four-year contract, his spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster is anything but a certainty.

“Basically, everybody on this team, no matter what has happened before you came into the league or when you’ve been in the league, they’re not holding that against you and it’s a new clean slate,” Lynch said. “So I need to do everything I can to make sure I have a clean slate with them.”

Lynch is currently working with the second unit at the “Leo” position on the 49ers’ defensive line, behind Arik Armstead.

“’Leo’ is a lot of damn fun, so, yeah, I like it a lot,” Lynch said. “You get to set the edge and go get the quarterback.”

Lynch said he is in better physical condition than he was a year ago at this time. He said his target playing weight is in the 260-270 range. He said he is currently in the 280s.

“I came in heavy, but I’ve been working my (butt) off to get down to where my coach wants me to get down to, and where I feel I would be best to give everything I can for my team and do what I can for my team,” Lynch said.

While the 49ers did not witness any improvement in Lynch's commitment at the beginning of the offseason, things seem to be turning around. Shanahan said Lynch has missed only one day of the team's voluntary offseason program -- an excused absence to deal with a situation concerning his wife.

“There’s no doubt Aaron’s going in the right direction for us," Shanahan said. "He came in in the offseason, we challenged him hard with just the way we worked and stuff. He hasn’t shied away from any of it. He’s jumped in on all of our stuff.

"So he’s gotten better each day. He’s gotten more in shape each day and I’m seeing it on the field each day.”

Report: Free-agent Kaepernick to meet with Seahawks

Report: Free-agent Kaepernick to meet with Seahawks

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly flew to Seattle on Tuesday night and will meet with Seahawks officials on Wednesday.

Kaepernick and Austin Davis, who spent the past three seasons as a reserve quarterback with the Rams, Browns and Broncos, will visit with the Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. It will be Kaepernick’s first visit to meet with a team since opting out of his 49ers contract in March to become an unrestricted free agent.

Kaepernick, 29, has likely not been signed for a variety of reasons, including his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality in America. His representatives have said Kaepernick will stand for the national anthem this season, as he continues to donate his time and money on programs to assist disadvantaged individuals.

The 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick, opting to add veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

Kaepernick, a second-round pick of the 49ers in 2011, played six seasons with the club. Beginning in the middle of the 2012 season, when then-starter Alex Smith originally left the lineup due to a concussion, Kaepernick started 58 games. The 49ers were 28-30 in games in which he started.

In the playoffs, the 49ers posted a 4-2 record with Kaepernick at quarterback, including a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013.

Kaepernick is coming off his best season since 2013, his first full year as a starter. He completed 59.2 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 90.7. He also rushed for 468 yards.

The Seahawks have three quarterbacks under contract. Russell Wilson is the starter and second-year player Trevone Boykin served as the backup last season. Jake Heaps, whom the Seahawks cut before the start of the 2016 regular season and spent less than a month on the practice squad, was re-signed in May.