Antoine Bethea is set to start for the 49ers this season at strong safety with Eric Reid entrenched at free safety. But the former doesn't know who their secondary mates will be and he's expecting quite a battle.
49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks will not be placed on the commissioner's exempt list and will open the season on the active roster, the team announced. Brooks was recently indicted on one count of sexual battery.
Pass-catching back Reggie Bush (calf) is listed as probable for the 49ers on Sunday against Green Bay.
With three consecutive full practices under his belt, Bush is poised to return for a favorable matchup. He doesn't figure to see much work outside of passing downs, but it isn't hard to imagine a scenario in which the 49ers fall behind and are forced to abandon the run.
49ers tight end Vernon Davis (knee) will return to practice Friday, with his availability for Sunday's game depending on how the practice goes, ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports.
Davis missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but his injury isn't thought to be serious. He no longer inspires confidence in owners when fully healthy, so even if he plays, he'll be a tough sell for Sunday's game.
Officially listed as probable, Ellington is in line to play for the first time since Week 1. However, he may only be fourth or fifth in the wideout pecking order, as Quinton Patton worked ahead of Ellington back in Week 1.
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).