49ers inactives: Jacobs sits against former team

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49ers inactives: Jacobs sits against former team

SAN FRANCISCO -- Running back Brandon Jacobs, who has been taking part in full practices for two weeks, was inactive once again with the 49ers getting prepared to take on his former team.Jacobs was inactive for the sixth consecutive game to begin the season. He sustained a left knee sprain on Aug. 18 in an exhibition game, and has been healthy now for a couple weeks.But the 49ers have decided once again to go with three running backs on their 46-man game-day roster. The 49ers' third running back is Anthony Dixon, who plays on most of the 49ers' special-teams units. Jacobs does not play special teams.Jacobs last week expressed frustration in comments to USA Today that he has not been active for a game despite being healthy for a couple of weeks. A day later, Jacobs backed off those comments after speaking with coach Jim Harbaugh.REWIND: Jacobs, Harbaugh meet, iron out differences
"I understand where coach is coming from, and coach understands me from him playing football and understanding the athlete and the competitive nature of wanting to get out and play to help the team win, not only that against his former team," Jacobs said on Thursday. "In this case, his former team is not important. What's important is for us in the long run."Jacobs played his first seven seasons for the Giants. He was released in the offseason, and the 49ers signed him to a one-year, 1.575 million contract.There is a 49ers number change for the game. Will Tukuafu, who has dual duty as a defensive tackle and fullback, is now wearing No. 48. This way, he does not have to report as an eligible receiver for offensive plays. He previously wore No. 92.
For the New York Giants, receiver Hakeem Nicks, who missed three games with a knee injury, is active for the game. Nicks is slated to start ahead of Domenik Hixon, who has started the past two games. Markus Kuhn will start at defensive tackle for Rocky Bernard.49ers inactives
QB Scott Tolzien
WR A.J. Jenkins
RB LaMichael James
S Trenton Robinson
RB Brandon Jacobs
G Joe Looney
NT Ian WilliamsGiants inactives
WR Jerrel Jernigan
S Kenny Phillips
RB Andre Brown
DE Adewale Ojomo
T James Brewer
TE Adrien Robinson
DT Rocky Bernard

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

PHOENIX – Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was the first of the 49ers’ 30 pre-draft visits to the team’s Santa Clara facility.

Team general manager John Lynch said the club has already met with Foster, an expected first-round draft pick and the likely top inside linebacker available in the draft.

“We brought in Reuben Foster,” Lynch said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “He came in, and we had a nice visit with him.”

Foster (6 foot, 229 pounds) was a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. He won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. Foster had a controversial trip to the NFL scouting combine. He was sent home after allegedly getting into a confrontation with a hospital worker in Indianapolis.

“I think that’s why you do those things,” Lynch said. “You try to gather information, and react and make decisions accordingly. And so that’s why these things are valuable.”