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Good morning everybody. The 49ers get one more day of practice before they face off against Pittsburgh Steelers, so this week, Sunday is a day to just kick back and enjoy some football. Some of us have fantasy football matchups that will add a little bit of stress, but otherwise, it is an opportunity to relax and get ready for Monday.

In this week's Nuggets, there is one article in particular that is pretty money. Eric Branch wrote about how Jim Tomsula provided a bit of a nickname for the 49ers defensive line. He described them as the "Muppets" in part due to how crazy they can be. It isn't quite the Purple People Eaters or the Williams Wall, but I think it is a pretty money nickname for a unit that has been downright dominant this season.

Willis, Staley questionable for MNF; 49ers anticipating showdown versus Steelers (Sam Lam)

Ben Roethlisberger officially listed as questionable for game against 49ers (Sam Lam)

49ers red zone: The other side of the story (Maiocco)

49ers Mailbag: Spencer is No. 4 CB (Maiocco)

Willis expected to miss second game (Maiocco)

Harbaugh: Staley is progressing well (Maiocco)

Injuries: Staley takes part in Saturday session, Willis doesn't (Barrows)

Staley: Hoping to be cleared for contact Sunday (Barrows)

Rookie Aldon Smith knows how to bring down QBs (SJ Mercury News)

Catching up with Fred Dean, Charles Haley and Bryant Young; topics include Aldon Smith, 49ers, HOF and James Harrison (SJ Mercury News)

49ers-Steelers summit brings NFL dynasties to mind (SFGate.com)

49ers’ Staley less questionable than Willis (SFGate.com)

Gore, 49ers focused on strong finish (Yahoo! Sports)

Joe Staley breaks down his Monday night availability and the Steelers outside linebackers (Press Democrat)

Boone shapes up as solid keeper for Niners (Pro Football Weekly)

49ers defensive line: 'Muppets' monsters on field (SFGate.com)

Final Word: NFC West (Sando)

Set up in San Francisco: Week 15 plan (Sando)

Yesterday on Niners Nation

Golden Nuggets: Still Expect Ben Roethlisberger To Play | Ninjames
Fantasy Football Week 15 Sit/Start Advice: 49ers To Get You To The Title Game | Fooch
49ers Vs. Steelers Injury Report: Patrick Willis, Joe Staley Sit Out Friday Practice | Fooch
NCAA College Football Bowl Games Thread: Saturday, December 17, 2011 | Fooch
James Harrison's Suspension Upheld, As It Should Be ... Should Have Been Worse | Ninjames
49ers Vs. Steelers Injury Report: Joe Staley Awaits Final Word On Status | Fooch
Saturday Night Football Open Thread: Cowboys Vs. Bucs | Fooch

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