49ers injury report -- CB Spencer is questionable

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49ers injury report -- CB Spencer is questionable

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh declined Friday to discuss the precautions the 49ers have taken in the aftermath of nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga being diagnosed with a staph infection.Sopoaga is listed as doubtful and is not expected to play in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has remained away from the 49ers' practice facility while receiving treatment for the infection.
"We don't talk about what we do, protocol-wise," Harbaugh said.
Third-year player Ricky Jean Francois is slated to start in place of Sopoaga.
Cornerback Shawntae Spencer returned to practice Friday on a limited basis, but he remains questionable with a toe injury. Rookie Chris Culliver, who played eight snaps Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles as a sixth defensive back, is expected to see increased play time."There's been improvement since he got here," Harbaugh said of Culliver, a third-round draft pick. "There's a good chance his role will be stepped up this week, as well. Feel good about him getting an opportunity. It's really a mentality around here that the next guy up is here for that reason -- to play ball."49ERS INJURY REPORT
Out: WR Braylon Edwards (right knee), FB Moran Norris (left fibula), Tramaine Brock (left hand).
Doubtful: DT Isaac Sopoaga (infection)
Questionable: CB Shawntae Spencer (toe)
Probable: RB Frank Gore (right ankle), WR Michael Crabtree (left foot), G Mike Iupati (neck), G Adam Snyder (hamstring)Friday practice report
Did not participate: Sopoaga, Edwards, Norris, Brock
Limited participation: Crabtree, Gore, Spencer
Full participation: Iupati, SnyderBUCCANEERS INJURY REPORT
Out: S Devein Holland (back), T James Lee (knee), TE Luke Stocker (knee), WR Sammie Stroughter (foot)
Doubtful: T Zack Diles (hamstring)
Questionable: LB Quincy Black (ankle)
Probable: DE Michael Bennett (groin), DE Tim Crowder (knee), RB Earnest Graham (hamstring), TE Zack Pianalto (calf), CB Aqib Talib (knee)Friday practice report
Did not participate: Black, Diles, Holland. Lee, Stocker, Stroughter
Full participation: Bennett, Crowder, Graham, Pianalto, Talib

Despite losing record with Rams, Fisher gets contract extension

Despite losing record with Rams, Fisher gets contract extension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Los Angeles Rams have given coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead contract extensions.

Rams spokesman Artis Twyman confirmed the moves before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The deal for Fisher was first reported by the NFL Network, which said it was a two-year extension through 2018.

Twyman said he couldn't comment on terms of the deals. He said, "I think that's something coach Fisher will discuss after the game."

In his fifth season with the Rams, the first four in St. Louis, Fisher has presided over a 31-43-1 record. They have yet to finish above .500 in his tenure and they haven't made the playoffs since 2004.

Snead also became the Rams' general manager in 2012, taking over a 2-14 team.

Both Fisher and Snead were in the final month of their deals. Owner Stan Kroenke, who moved the franchise from St. Louis to Los Angeles this year, has praised Fisher, a Southern California native, for capably shepherding the team's move.

Fisher was in a similar position in 1997 when the Houston Oilers moved to Nashville. He oversaw that transition during his fourth season in charge of that franchise, and by 1999 the Titans were AFC champions, losing, coincidentally, to the Rams in the Super Bowl.

Fisher coached the Titans through 2010, then was hired by the Rams after sitting out the 2011 season.

Fisher also has been a co-chairman of the NFL's powerful Competition Committee, which helps set the rules.

Before joining the Rams, Snead spent 13 seasons in the Falcons' front office.

Inactives: 49ers LB Lynch to miss fifth straight game

Inactives: 49ers LB Lynch to miss fifth straight game

CHICAGO – Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch will miss his fifth consecutive game with a high-ankle sprain when the 49ers face the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Lynch has appeared in just three games this season. He served a four-game suspension to begin the season for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse. He was injured late in the 49ers’ Oct. 23 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The next week was the 49ers’ bye week.

Eli Harold will start in place of Lynch for the ninth time this season.

Wide receiver Quinton Patton was cleared to return to action after sustaining a concussion last week. The 49ers will have six wide receivers active for the game: Patton, Torrey Smith, Jeremy Kerley, Rod Streater, Aaron Burbridge, and Chris Harper.

Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler, who is out for the season with a right shoulder injury, has not been placed on injured reserve, therefore he was amonng the team's inactive players. Matt Barkley will make his second NFL start.

The 49ers and Bears announced their inactive players for Sunday’s game:

49ERS INACTIVES
QB Christian Ponder
RB Mike Davis
CB Marcus Cromartie
LB Aaron Lynch
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie

BEARS INACTIVES
QB Jay Cutler
WR Eddie Royal
DB Adrian Amos
DB De'Vante Bausby
DL Jonathan Bullard
OL Cornelius Edison
DB Delondre Hall