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49ers Vs. Giants, NFC Championship Game: Tarell Brown, Patrick Willis Sit On Thursday

The San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants each released their latest injury reports and there were some modest changes for the 49ers. The 49ers sat Tarell Brown, Patrick Willis, Jonathan Goodwin and Ted Ginn Jr. today, while Dashon Goldson improved from DNP to limited participation. Brown is dealing with a thigh issue and Willis has a knee issue. Both practiced yesterday.

Sam Lam did not believe either new injury to be serious. Neither was on the report yesterday and it is possible both were just precautionary sits today. Of the various injuries, Ted Ginn seems to be the longest shot to play on Sunday. He injured his knee on Saturday, returned to the game and then had to leave again as he could not do enough on it.

I would suspect Kyle Williams will be back deep handling punt return duties. It will be interesting to see how that plays out, particularly in some potentially nasty conditions. If the weather is particularly bad, we could very well see a lot of fair catches on punts. The 49ers have done great in the field position battle in part because of solid returns, but for Sunday they may just look to benefit from big Andy Lee punts.

On the Giants side of things, Eli Manning was a full participant a day after being limited by illness. Ahmad Bradshaw sat out again with his foot injury. I would imagine any out status would be determined on Sunday in pre-game warmups.

49ers Practice Participation Report
Did Not Participate: WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee), C Jonathan Goodwin (calf), LB Patrick Willis (knee), CB Tarell Brown (thigh)

Limited Participation: TE Delanie Walker (jaw), S Dashon Goldson (ankle)

Giants Practice Participation Report
Did Not Participate: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot)

Limited Participation: LB Mark Herzlich (ankle), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring)

Full Participation: QB Eli Manning (illness)