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As expected, NT Isaac Sopoaga is inactive for the 49ers, but CB Shawntae Spencer and another key member of the secondary are both active against the Bucs.

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Rookie Aldon Smith recorded one tackle and no sacks in his first three games of the season. Last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, he recorded five tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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Through the years, nearly every significant football decision with the Raiders was traced back to Al Davis.

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The 49ers took a look at some veteran running backs on Tuesday, and third-string back Anthony Dixon says he is taking it as a challenge to get after it.

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Shawntae Spencer, who missed the 49ers' first two games with a hamstring injury, and missed practice time this week due to a toe injury, practiced Friday and is questionable for Sunday.

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Cornerback Shawntae Spencer, who did not practice Wednesday and Thursday due to a toe injury, was back on the field Friday during the portion of practice that is open to the media.

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The Buccaneers embarrassed the 49ers last year 21-0 but the 49ers get a chance to redeem themselves Sunday. Can Dashon Goldson keep Josh Freeman in check? What are the other key matchups?

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Few people would compare Justin Smith's fourth-quarter strip of Jeremy Maclin in Week 4 to the single greatest play in 49ers history, but Vic Fangio did exactly that.

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Isaac Sopoaga's recent staph infection comes on the heels of three previous infections incurred by Joshua Morgan, Keith Lewis and and Ricky Jean Francois.

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Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who also made a major contribution on the 49ers' offense the past two weeks as a blocking back, did not practice Wednesday due to an infection.

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When Alex Smith was cleaning out his locker in January, he was wearing a San Diego Padres hat. So what's behind the switch to the Giants lid?

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The 49ers worked out free-agent running backs Dimitri Nance, Jalen Permele and Tyrell Sutton on Tuesday, a league source told CSNBayArea.com.

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The 49ers' defense may have given up a lot of yards against the Eagles, but they kept Philly out of the endzone in the second half, keeping the door ajar for their big comeback.

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Alex Smith started slowly, but his second half was spectacular. Insider Matt Maiocco goes up and down the offensive roster with a fine tooth comb to look at the players who engineered an unlikely win in Philadelphia.

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The 49ers won a rare road game Sunday that wasn't exactly an aesthetic masterpiece. But a win is a win. And they did it with their supporting cast playing a significant role.

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