Gibson, Cloherty will make debuts

A few notes prior to kickoff:

• Niners inactives: David Carr (3rd QB), CB Tramaine Brock, CB Will James, S Chris Maragos, DT Will Tukafu, T Joe Staley, T Alex Boone, TE Nate Byham.

Rookie LB Thaddeus Gibson and TE Colin Cloherty will make their debuts with San Francisco. Rookie RB Anthony Dixon, who was questionable with a sprained left ankle, will play, as expected. Rookie WR Kyle Williams is active for the seventh time this season.

• Rams inactives: S Michael Lewis, CB Justin King, LB David Nixon, LB Curtis Johnson, G John Greco, WR Mardy Gilyard, TE Michael Hoomanawauni, DT Jemelle Cudjo.

Lewis, who was granted his release by the 49ers in early October, is inactive for the fifth straight game.

• Rams DE Chris Long (team-high 7.5 sacks), who was questionable with a thigh injury, will suit up – not great news for Niners rookie RT Anthony Davis. Long beat Davis for a sack in the teams’ first meeting. Davis also had a holding penalty that negated a touchdown.

• No need to do any scoreboard watching this morning. The Seahawks-Buccaneers game kicks off at 1:15 p.m. (PST). Tampa Bay is a six-point favorite.

• Rams WR Danny Amendola was asked about the prospect of going over the middle with cast-wearing LBs Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes lurking.

“It’s part of the game,” Amendola told the St. Louis Dispatch. “You just have to duck.”

• Willis, who is making his 62nd straight start, hasn’t missed a game in his career. Willis is one of three players from the 2007 draft class to start every game since being drafted. The others are Browns T Joe Thomas and Panthers LB Jon Beason.

• Gibson, QB Troy Smith, WR Ted Ginn and T Alex Boone (inactive) played with Rams LB James Laurinaitis at Ohio State.

• Niners WR Michael Crabtree and Amendola played together at Texas Tech. In 2007, the duo combined for 243 catches, 3,207 yards and 28 TDs in the Red Raiders’ pass-happy offense.

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