SAN FRANCISCO -- Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga is inactive for the 49ers' game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a staph infection that kept him out of practice last week.Ricky Jean Francois will start at nose tackle. Undrafted rookie defensive linemen Demarcus Dobbs and Ian Williams will suit up for the first time this season.Cornerback Shawntae Spencer and safety Donte Whitner are active for the game. Spencer was hobbled with a toe injury last week during practice. Whitner has not played since sustaining a left hip contusion on the opening drive two weeks ago against the Cincinnati Bengals.Rookie fullback Bruce Miller will get his third start in place of Moran Norris, who sustained a fractured left fibula Sept. 18 against the Dallas Cowboys. Norris is expected to miss six to eight weeks.Receiver Braylon Edwards, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee three weeks ago, is expected to return to action Oct. 30 against Cleveland.Running back Frank Gore will return to the starting lineup for the 49ers. Kendall Hunter started last week's game, as Gore's practice time was limited with an ankle sprain.For the Buccaneers, Dekoda Watson starts at strongside linebacker in place of Quincy Black, who is inactive with an ankle sprain.49ers inactive players: Quarterback Scott Tolzien, cornerback Tramaine Brock (left hand), receiver Braylon Edwards (right knee), fullback Moran Norris (left fibula), guard Daniel Kilgore, tackle Mike Person and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga (staph infection).Buccaneers inactive players: Receiver Sammie Stroughter (foot), safety Devin Holland (back), linebacker Zac Diles (hamstring), linebacker Quincy Black (ankle), tackle Derek Hardman, tackle James Lee (knee) and tight end Luke Stocker (knee).
The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.
The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the 49ers also have a general manager vacancy to fill. The team is in the process of narrowing down their list of eight candidates, a source said. Seattle’s Trent Kirchner pulled his name from consideration on Tuesday. The 49ers could have a round of second interviews for the GM job.
The 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the club finished the regular season with a 2-14 record.
The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.
The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.
If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.
Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.
Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Denver this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.
The 49ers’ search for their next general manager has been narrowed.
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner, who interviewed with the 49ers on Monday, is remaining with the Seahawks, CSNBayArea.com confirmed on Tuesday. Kirchner was not comfortable with the working environment with the 49ers, the source said.
The NFL Network first reported Kirchner was removing himself from consideration to replace Trent Baalke, who was fired.
Kirchner and Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable were believed to be connected as the possible general manager-coach combination to fill the 49ers' vacancies. It is not known whether Cable will remove his name from consideration, too.
Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is considered atop the 49ers' wish list to replace Chip Kelly, who was fired after the team's 2-14 season.
Scott Fitterer, the Seahawks’ co-director of player personnel, interviewed with Jed York and Paraag Marathe after Kirchner met with the 49ers’ executives.
49ers general manager interviews
Thursday, Jan. 5
Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (GM)
Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (GM)
Friday, Jan. 6
Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (GM)
Sunday, Jan. 8
Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (GM)
Monday, Jan. 9
Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (GM)
Tuesday, Jan. 10
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM)
Friday, Jan. 13
Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough (GM)
Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (GM)
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (GM)