A few early notes from Lambeau Field . . .
It’s mid-November in
Veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes will not play today. Matt Wilhelm takes over as the 49ers’ starting “ted” linebacker.
Also, Brandon Jones is not going to be in uniform for the game. That means Arnaz Battle will get another chance to return punts.
Here is the 49ers’ complete list of inactives: Spikes, Jones, cornerback Keith Smith, cornerback Nate Clements, tackle Joe Staley, center Cody Wallace and defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois. Nate Davis is the emergency third quarterback.
Rookie linebacker Diyral Briggs will be in uniform for today’s game.
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The Packers’ inactives are receiver Biren Ealy, running back Ahman Green, safety Matt Giordano, tackle Breno Giacomini, tackle Allen Barbre, defensive end Michael Montgomery and linebacker Jeremy Thompson. Packers have no third QB. Matt Flynn is Aaron Rodgers’ backup.
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(UPDATED 9:05 a.m.): Battle is on the practice field returning punts. Reggie Smith is also catching some punts, too. The 49ers have struggled with punt returns since the release of Allen Rossum was released when the 49ers had to create a roster spot for Michael Crabtree. Rossum was released because he couldn’t stay healthy, he had a couple bobbles in the first couple games, and his only value to the team was in the return game.