In this Week 1 matchup to start the 2012 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers will head to Lambeau Field to take on a Green Bay Packers team that only lost one regular season game last season. In a game pitting two of the best NFC teams against each other in Week 1, it'll be interesting to see whether the 49ers defense is able to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense and if the retooled 49ers offense now featuring Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, and LaMichael James can score against the Packers defense. Thankfully for both teams, there are few injuries of note for this Week 1 contest.
Out for 49ers: None
The player missed most on this list will be Starks, who has been out since August 9 with a turf-toe injury. The team's leading rusher last season with 578 rushing yards, he would have had a hard time being much of a factor against the 49ers stout run defense. Newcomer Cedric Benson will start in his place. Lattimore and House are backups who would have seen little time on defense if healthy.
Doubtful for 49ers: None
Doubtful for Packers: None
Both Ginn and Jacobs did not practice this week. Ginn has not practiced since August 26 with a sprained ankle and will most likely not play against the Packers. This means backup wide receiver Kyle Williams will replace him on punt returns and Kendall Hunter could see the majority of returns on kickoffs.
Jacobs' injury is a little less crucial than Ginn's. With more depth at the running back position and a smaller role with the team as the goal-line back, Jacobs' responsibilities can be divided amongst the rest of the 49ers running backs. It will be interesting to see how the 49ers perform in short-yard conversions and whether an absent Jacobs affects their abilities to get first downs.
Questionable for Packers: None
Probable for 49ers: None
Probable for Packers: TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder), LB Robert Francois (hamstring), RB Alex Green (knee), DT B.J. Raji (ankle), S Sean Richardson (hamstring)
Raji's minor ankle injury may come into play for the Packers run defense, as his presence in the middle of the trenches will be invaluable against a 49ers run-heavy offense featuring Frank Gore and Hunter. With Benson starting for the injured Starks, Alex Green may see some time as the backup running back for the Packers. As the backup to starter Jermichael Finley, Crabtree's main value comes as a contributor on special teams.
NFL Injuries, Yahoo! Sports
James Starks News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Ted Ginn Jr. News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
More from this contributor:
Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.
- Sports & Recreation
- American Football
- San Francisco 49ers
- Green Bay Packers
- Brandon Jacobs
- the Packers