Rachal might get first start on Sunday

Rookie Chilo Rachal might get his first NFL start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, 49ers coach Mike Singletary said this morning. Rachal has split time in the past two games at right guard with Tony Wragge.

Singletary said Rachal, the No. 39 overall pick, is doing a good job. He said the coaching staff will meet this morning, and that Rachal “might have a chance to start. We’ll see how it goes.”

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The following players are not scheduled to practice today:

LB Patrick Willis (hip strain)

S Mark Roman (groin)

S Dashon Goldson (knee)

WR Arnaz Battle (foot)

WR Josh Morgan (groin)

Also, CB Walt Harris and DE Justin Smith don’t have injuries, but they will rest today.

CB Tarell Brown (neck strain), RB Michael Robinson (shoulder stinger) and TE Delanie Walker (shoulder) are scheduled for limited practice. T Barry Sims returns to full practice.

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Singletary was amusing this morning talking about the good cop/bad cop handling of quarterback Shaun Hill. He said Hill probably looks forward to games because he does not have Mike Martz badgering him at close range.

Singletary said Martz is constantly looking over Hill’s shoulder during practice and nit-picking his performance. Singletary said he regularly calls Hill into his office to prop him up and bolster his confidence. Singletary said he experienced the same dynamic as a player.

When asked if he believes Martz’s hard-coaching style is good for Hill, Singletary said, “I think it’s outstanding.”

As noted on the previous post . . . Niners quarterback Shaun Hill was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced.

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