49ers v. Texans live blog: Pregame

SAN FRANCISCO — This is the live blog for the pregame of the 49ers’ Week 5 game against the Texans. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.

The 49ers’ inactives are Patrick Willis, Quinton Patton, Chris Harper, John Skelton, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jermaine Cunningham and Joe Looney.

Michael Wilhoite starts in place of Willis.

The Texans’ inactives are Case Keenum, Lestar Jean, Tim Dobbins, Andrew Gardner, Brandon Brooks, Sam Montgomery and Tim Jamison.

Ben Jones starts in place of Brandon Brooks at right guard.

4:51 Kyle Williams is the 49ers’ starting split end in warmups

5:15 I expect this game to be low-scoring and close at halftime. I expect both offenses to come out running the ball and feeling each other out, seeing how each defense responds to certain personnel groupings and formations and shifts.

5:18 Frank Gore hasn’t rushed the ball more than 23 times in a game since Week 11, 2011. The 49ers are going to need about 10 rushes from Kendall Hunter tonight.

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