The San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins released their week nine inactive lists, and as expected, LDE Ray McDonald is inactive. He was never able to get over the hamstring strain from last week and will sit out today's game. Ricky Jean Francois will start in his place, with Demarcus Dobbs backing up RJF and Justin Smith. Ian Williams will be active as the backup nose tackle.
The big news for the Redskins is that Roy Helu will get the start over Ryan Torain at running back. Torain is not inactive so unfortunately we can't say he became the first running back this season to suffer an injury because of the 49ers defense but before actually playing the 49ers defense. It will be interesting to see how the 49ers handle this bit of a curve ball Mike Shanahan is throwing at them at the last minute.