Bly promoted to starting lineup; Bruce will be inactive

Mike Singletary was not scheduled to speak with reporters today, but as he walked off the field he checked in with the four writers who showed up at the 49ers’ Thanksgiving Day practice.


Singletary shared a couple of developments.


Veteran Dre’ Bly will start at left cornerback Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars in place of Tarell Brown, who took over for Nate Clements on Nov. 1 against the Indianapolis Colts.


Also, Singletary said receiver Isaac Bruce will not suit up for Sunday’s game. Bruce did not practice today with an ankle injury. Bruce is no longer a starter. And all the non-starters play special teams. Bruce does not play on special teams.


“We have some starters who play a lot of snaps and they have go a lot of special teams, and anybody we can get to help on special teams to get down there an extra body can take some of the load off our starters, either a cornerback or a linebacker or whatever else,” Singletary said.


“I had a good long talk with Isaac and he was a champion about it. So going forward, this is the best thing for our team and gives us the best chance to win.”


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Jason Hill, who backs up Josh Morgan at flanker, will be the team’s third receiver. Brandon Jones backs up Michael Crabtree at split end.


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There is a “good possibility” Josh Morgan will take over kickoff returns, Singletary said. And Brandon Jones will handle the punt returns.


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