Ulbrich will not play vs. Falcons

Linebacker Jeff Ulbrich was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons fter sustaining a concussion three days ago against the Rams. Ulbrich did not practice today.



He will likely be available for action when the 49ers return after the bye week, Oct. 25, to face the Texans.


Running back Frank Gore will miss his second game with a right ankle injury, while safety Reggie Smith will also be out of action with a severe groin strain.


Linebacker Marques Harris (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday and might not be able to play Sunday. There is a strong chance rookie safety Curtis Taylor will make his NFL debut against the Falcons to help compensate for Harris’ work on special teams.


Linebacker Manny Lawson (illness) and return man Allen Rossum (back) saw limited practice but should be available for the game. Guard David Baas (ankle) and receiver Arnaz Battle (hand) underwent full practice and will be available.


The Falcons, coming off their bye week, have a short injury report. Safety Antoine Harris (knee) did not practice, and kicker Jason Elam (non-kicking hamstring) and running back Ovie Mughelli (hamstring) saw limited work in practice today.


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With the news of Michael Crabtree’s signing, it was easy to forget the 49ers have an important game Sunday against an NFC playoff contender.


Crabtree will not be in uniform for the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Candlestick Park, and coach Mike Singletary promised all the attention on the rookie wide receiver will not be a distraction.


“We’re going in this direction,” said Singletary, motioning straight ahead. “And everybody who’s not going in this direction will be left behind. So any distraction will be back there.”


During his weekly session with reporters, quarterback Shaun Hill was not asked about the Falcons defense, which features elite pass-rusher John Abraham.


“We’re a very focused team and we’re focused on Atlanta right now, and I feel comfortable that’s the way it will remain,” Hill said.


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