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Aldon Smith left the stadium on two canes, but Jim Harbaugh says the team dodged a bullet, which is more than the Vikings could avoid in the 49ers' preseason opening victory.

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Jim Harbaugh went into the 49ers' preseason opener with an idea of how much his starters would play. Here's who got the snaps.

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Aldon Smith was forced to leave the 49ers' first preseason game after he landed square on his right side and suffered what the team is calling a bruised hip.

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The 49ers scored quickly and impressively on their second drive. But the Vikings' second drive, they lost a key cog to a hip bruise.

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The 49ers got their preseason started right with an 84-yard drive capped off by a Brett Swain touchdown, a good sign for the first-team offense.

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Justin Smith is among the handful of 49ers not in uniform for their preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

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As he begins his second NFL season, the 49ers still do not know what they have in their backup quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

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There is more pressure on Kyle Williams than any other player. It does not matter that it's just an exhibition game tonight, and it will not be easy.

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One day, Demarcus Dobbs lines up along the defensive line. The next day, he takes his practice snaps at tight end. This is not a gimmick, either.

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Cornerback Perrish Cox will likely get into the action tonight as part of the 49ers' third defense. Insider Matt Maiocco expects a strong performance.

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Alex Boone has never played right guard ever, and tonight will be his first chance to showcase his play against an unfamiliar opponent.

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Michael Crabtree will play in his first ever preseason game Friday; Jim Harbaugh lays out the plan for his receiving corps against Vikings.

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The 49ers have a number of players who ran a sub-4.4 40-yard dash during their respective pre-draft workouts. And with the amount of speed on the team, it would make for some good Olympic competition.

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A scuffle during training camp between receiver Kyle Williams and rookie Deante' Purvis causes Harbaugh to intervene. Williams continued to have an off day.

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Rookie A.J. Jenkins didn't exactly get off to a running start in 49ers training camp. After some initial bumps in the road, Jenkins is now gaining the confidence needed to showcase his skills.

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