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James, Browner May Not Play Sunday

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Entering a physical game between bitter rivals, it's worth taking a second look at Friday's injury report.

This Sunday’s 49ers-Seattle Seahawks game is not a game you want to go into feeling less than 100 percent. The physical style that both teams embody is hard enough on the healthiest NFL player.

So it’s worth getting a check-up on each NFC West rival.

Fortunately for San Francisco, its portion of the report is a quick read.

After missing practice Wednesday through Friday, backup running back LaMichael James (knee) is listed as questionable to play on Sunday. James was inactive for team’s season-opening win over the Green Bay Packers. 


Kyle Williams would likely assume James’ punt returning duties in the event he does not suit up.

“I thought he did a good job,” Jim Harbaugh said on Thursday of Williams’ Week 1 performance in that role. Williams returned two of the five punts he received against the Packers.

The Seahawks have nine players listed on their injury report, and no name is bigger than Brandon Browner’s. Like James, the starting cornerback (hamstring) did not practice this week. He is listed as doubtful.

Of Browner’s likely replacement, Walter Thurmond, Harbaugh said, “He played quite a bit and their entire defense had a good showing as usual. That’s a fine defense.”

Seattle’s defensive unit will likely be helped by Cliff Avril. The defensive end (hamstring) practiced fully Thursday and Friday.

Right guard Alex Boone gave his scouting report of Avril on Friday.

“He’s a great player,” Boone said. “Quick off the ball, fast, explosive pass rusher, he can be utilized a lot on third down, good hands, good motor, tough guy.”

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