49ers pregame notes: Jacobs, Ginn inactive

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49ers pregame notes: Jacobs, Ginn inactive

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Running back Brandon Jacobs and return man Ted Ginn were among the 49ers' seven inactive players announced 90 minutes prior to the team's regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.Kyle Williams will return punts for the 49ers. The 49ers could use Perrish Cox as the backup punt returner. Kendall Hunter is expected to handle the kick-return duties.
Neither Jacobs nor Ginn practiced last week as they continued to rehab injuries they sustained in the exhibition season. Jacobs sprained his left knee sprain Aug. 18 at Houston, while Ginn sustained a right ankle sprain Aug. 26 at Denver.First-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins is active, while running back LaMichael James, selected in the second round, will have to wait at least another week for his NFL debut. He was declared one of the 49ers' inactive players.Here is a look at the inactive players:49ers inactives
QB Scott Tolzien
RB LaMichael James
WR Ted Ginn (right ankle)
RB Brandon Jacobs (left knee)
G Joe Looney
TE Garrett Celek
NT Ian WilliamsPackers inactives
WR Jarrett Boykin
S Sean Richardson
CB Davon House
CB Brandian Ross
RB James Starks
LB Jamari Lattimore
DE Mike Daniels The 49ers figure to spend a lot of Sunday's game in their nickel defense, which features five defensive backs. Chris Culliver is the 49ers' third cornerback. When the 49ers shift to six defensive backs, Perrish Cox will enter the game, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio confirmed last week. Colin Kaepernick's family, who moved from Wisconsin to Turlock when he was 4 years old, had a prime tailgate spot prior to Sunday's game in the shadow of Lambeau Field.Now, the question is whether they get a chance to see Kaepernick get on the field?Offensive coordinator Greg Roman left the door open last week to the possibility that the 49ers might run some read option with Kaepernick. The 49ers showed some of those plays in the exhibition season, including a play that resulted in Kaepernick's 78-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings."The read option is a good football concept and it's something that we've done," Roman said last week. "You can do it a lot of different ways, there's a lot of different ways to do it. I've seen other teams do it. So, it's a football play like any other and it can be run at any time." We reported last week that the 49ers were 1.25 million under the salary cap. That number now stands at 936,923 after factoring in an injury settlement for tight end Nate Byham, a league source told CSNBayArea.com.Byham was released after undergoing surgery to repair a frayed meniscus in his left knee. Teams cannot release an injured player without a settlement. The 49ers agreed to pay Byham the equivalent of four weeks of regular-season pay. Byham is expected to be healthy in another month. He can sign with any team, but the 49ers are prohibited from re-signing him until Week 5.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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