SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the pregame of the 49ers’ Week 2 game against the Bears. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
3:41 I just walked down to the field and checked out the grass. It looks bad already. See for yourself.
3:45 Antonio Gates has 6 catches for 81 yards and THREE touchdowns against the Seahawks. Maybe Roman needs to evaluate how the Chargers use Gates and apply some of those concepts to Vernon Davis.
3:48 Brandon Marshall will be active tonight according to Adam Schefter. Marshall does not seem inhibited running around the field before the game. He injured his ankle last week against the Bills.
3:50 Make that 7 catches and 96 yards for Gates.
4:04 The 49ers’ inactives are Josh Johnson, Quinton Patton, Tramaine Brock, Marcus Martin, Anthony Davis, Demarcus Dobbs and Brandon Lloyd.
4:06 Lineup changes for the 49ers: Jonathan Martin for Anthony Davis, Perrish Cox for Tramaine Brock. Seems to suggest that Joe Looney will start at right guard, not Alex Boone.
4:07 The Bears’ inactives are Josh Morgan, Khaseem Greene, Roberto Garza, Matt Slauson, Charles Leno Jr., David Bass and Cornelius Washington. Lineup changes: Michael Ola for Matt Slauson and Brian de la Puente for Roberto Garza. Seems to suggest Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are starting.
4:55 Chunks of sod fly as receivers cut.
4:57 Boone seems to be starting at right guard. He lined up at right guard with the first team during warmups. On the other hand, Dillon Farrell lined up at center and Joe Looney lined up at left guard with the first team during warmups. So who knows?
5:21 California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome on Ray McDonald: “The 49ers’ continued insistence on playing Ray McDonald during his ongoing criminal investigation is a painful affront to every victim of domestic violence and sends a troubling message to our community and especially our children that ‘zero tolerance’ are empty words, not real actions.” Read more here.