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Did tight end Justin Peelle make a legal shift or an illegal simulation of a snap? Jim Harbaugh wants to know the answer to that question after the crew in Washington penalized his 49ers on a crucial play.

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The 49ers scored just one touchdown on Sunday, but their victory over the Washington Redskins never seemed in doubt, thanks to a stout defense, one that head coach Jim Harbaugh said is playing 'unselfish' football.

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Ray McDonald's hamstring will prevent him from suiting up against the Redskins, and Shawntae Spencer, who is not injured, is also inactive.

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Opponents of the 49ers have emphasized containing Frank Gore for quite some time. But no team has gone public with their intent more than the Redskins. Leading tackler London Fletcher will have his hands full with Gore.

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Defensive end Justin Smith was fined 15,000 for roughing Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last Sunday in the 49ers' 20-10 victory, according to an NFL spokesman.

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Defensive end Ray McDonald is not expected to be available for the 49ers on Sunday against the Washington Redskins due to a left hamstring strain.

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Offensive coordinator Greg Roman disputed how his boss this week characterized the 49ers' offense.

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Ray McDonald's status for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins remains uncertain. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio described McDonald's status as "day to day."

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Alex Smith had two nice 9-yard gains on designed running plays against the Browns, but one of the plays did not end so well. Jim Harbaugh: "He shouldn't be sliding that late, feet first."

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Using his large vise-grip hands and his 35-38-inch-long arms, Aldon Smith has quickly emerged as a special talent after being the 49ers' first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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Pass-rusher Aldon Smith, the No. 7 overall pick, has been named NFL defensive rookie of the month for October.

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49ers defensive ends Ray McDonald and Justin Smith did not practice Wednesday on the first day the team began its on-field preparations to face the Redskins this Sunday.

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Safety Dashon Goldson said Wednesday he was absolved of any wrongdoing for an illegal hit Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

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Coach Jim Harbaugh has gotten most -- if not all -- of the credit for the 49ers' remarkable turnaround. Wednesday, he gave the credit for the 49ers' efficiency on offense to his coordinator Greg Roman.

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Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall provided an informative scouting report on the 49ers' offense Wednesday morning; he was uncharacteristically complimentary.

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