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Sunday, December 1, 2013
San Francisco 49ers: Game-day thoughts

By Bill Williamson

SAN FRANCISCO -- Some thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' inactive list heading into Sunday’s game against St. Louis:

The 49ers better hope Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham stay healthy. The only other active receiver is Kassim Osgood. He’s, by far, more of a special-teamer than receiver.

So the 49ers must feel like Crabtree (in his first game this season after suffering a torn Achilles in May) and Manningham (in his fourth game since suffering a knee injury) are healthy enough to hold up. It will certainly be a major storyline in this game.

I’d expect rookie receiver Quinton Patton to play next week against Seattle if he doesn’t suffer a setback. He began practicing last week. He hasn’t played since breaking his foot in Week 4. Jon Baldwin is inactive Sunday, and with Patton coming back, he likely won’t be active again this season if the 49ers stay healthy at the position.

Baldwin has contributed very little since being acquired in a trade for fellow former first-round receiver A.J. Jenkins from Kansas City in August.

Rookie defensive lineman Tank Carradine is inactive for the fourth straight game since he was put on the 53-man roster. The second-round pick is coming off a torn ACL he suffered while at Florida State in 2012. He is still coming back from the injury and still learning the 49ers’ system.