Asomugha, James listed as questionable

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Asomugha, James listed as questionable
September 6, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Nnamdi Asomugha is listed as questionable, but the team expects him to play Sunday. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and running back LaMichael James are both listed as questionable for the 49ers' season opener on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

In reality, the 49ers expect Asomugha to play and James to be on the sideline.

Asomugha is expected to play most of the game Sunday as the No. 3 cornerback. Asomugha, who is nursing a left collarbone injury, took part in limited practice this week. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said the 49ers are confident he will be able to play.

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James, who did not practice this week, is expected to miss multiple games with a sprain of the medial collateral ligament of his left knee. He sustained the injury in the 49ers' final exhibition game.

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Asomugha and James are the only 49ers players listed on their injury report.

The Packers will be without Casey Hayward, the team's third cornerback last season, who has been ruled out of Sunday's game with a hamstring injury.

Safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring) and linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) are listed as questionable for the game. Burnett and Jones are starters. Special-teams ace Jarrett Bush (ankle) is probable.