It's an NFC West matchup tonight as the Seattle Seahawks travel south to visit the San Francisco 49ers. Here is the status of key fantasy players on the injury report for tonight's game, and they're all members of the home team.
Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco 49ers, shoulder (Q): Manningham saw a season-high number of targets in last week's outing against his former team, but it came at a price. He suffered a shoulder injury, the specifics of which have not been disclosed, which was enough to keep him a limited participant in practice all week. For what it's worth, Manningham did play the entire game Sunday and it sounds as if he will be available. Best to check the pregame inactives in advance.
Brandon Jacobs, RB San Francisco 49ers, knee (Q): This seems to have been Jacobs' status for multiple weeks, and he made his frustration with not playing known recently. That led to a conversation with coach Jim Harbaugh, and Jacobs appears to have backed down somewhat since, acknowledging the importance of the bigger picture. This week, Jacobs has been a full participant in practice and, as Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea noted, Jacobs is likely to be available "if coaches decide to use him." In other words, his knee seems to have recovered to the point that it is no longer an issue. His playing status is.
Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers, right finger (P): The injury was present last week and Smith played through it, so there's no doubt that he will play again, especially after practicing in full daily. Some wondered whether the finger factored into last Sunday's performance when Smith, not known for committing turnovers, threw three interceptions. Of all the fingers to injure, the third is one of the "best" in the sense that it is not nearly as critical to ball control as the thumb, index or pinkie finger, as noted by ESPN's Tim Hasselbeck. Credit the New York Giants defense with creating difficulties for Smith, who also lost tackle Joe Staley in the third quarter to a concussion. Staley (questionable) is uncertain for tonight after going through limited practice Tuesday and Wednesday.
Also, the 49ers' all-pro kicking squad is on the injury report this week. Place-kicker David Akers has been battling illness this week and did not practice Tuesday. He did return Wednesday to a full practice and is listed as probable. He is expected to play. Punter Andy Lee has a hand injury, but luckily that shouldn't impact his role. He practiced fully every day and is also, at probable, expected to play.