Wide receiver Aiyuk’s debut on hold

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SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ season opener is set to start on time at 1:25 p.m. thanks to an air-quality index that’s remained below the NFL’s 200 AQI threshold, but neither wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk nor center Ben Garland will be in 49ers uniform as potential starters.

Aiyuk, a first-round draft pick, will sit out after practicing only twice in limited fashion last week because of an Aug. 23 hamstring strain.

Garland, last season’s starting center in the Super Bowl, was also limited in two practices by an ankle sprain dating back to Aug. 18. Either Daniel Brunskill or Hroniss Grasu will start in his place.

The 49ers’ other top projected wide receiver, Deebo Samuel, went on injured reserve Saturday and will miss a minimum three games under the NFL’s revised IR rules.

Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis, Trent Taylor and Richie James will suit up as the 49ers’ receivers, although it’s worth noting they are suiting up all four tight ends and all four running backs on their roster.


Running back Tevin Coleman will suit up despite health concerns amid the wildfire-induced smog. Coleman’s sickle-cell trait makes him more vulnerable to hazardou air, and although the 49ers said he ultimately would decide whether to play, they kept him out of two recent practices once the AQI breached 150, including Friday’s session with an AQI near 200.

Raheem Mostert, Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr. are also active.


CB Jason Verrett

QB C.J. Beathard

LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles

DL Kentavius Street


RB Eno Benjamin

QB Brett Hundley

OL Josh Jones

OL Josh Miles

S Deionte Thompson


Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tight end George Kittle and linebacker Fred Warner were among the 49ers who took the field about two hours before kickoff in a NFLPA-issued T-shirt that read, on the front, “Injustice against one of US is injustice against all of us,” and, on the back, “End Racism.” Other players and staff wore T-shirts emblazoned: “Black Lives Matter.”


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