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SANTA CLARA – Alex Boone’s goal a week ago was to make sure the best opponent the 49ers’ defensive line faced was during practice.
And, now, he’s just awaiting word on what his role will be for the 49ers’ home opener Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” Boone said. “It’s really up to the coaches. I just go out and practice and continue to learn every day and get better. And it comes down to how they feel.”
Coach Jim Harbaugh offered no hints whether Joe Looney will get his second start to open the season or whether the 49ers will turn back to the player who started every game at right guard the past two seasons.
“We’ll make that decision,” Harbaugh said. “Both (are) fine players and we’ll make that decision as the week goes on. And we might have already made it. But, again, we wouldn’t need to give that information out.”
Jonathan Martin appears to be in line to make his second start at right tackle in place of Anthony Davis, who did not practice Wednesday due to a hamstring strain. Davis saw no action during the exhibition season due to offseason shoulder surgery.
Boone also did not participate in the offseason program and training camp because of a contract holdout. He played just two snaps as an extra blocker in the season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys after signing a new two-year, $6 million contract just six days earlier.
Boone spent practices last week on the scout team, practicing the plays the 49ers envisioned the Cowboys running against them.
“It was awesome,” Boone said. “How many guys get to say they practice against Justin Smith and Ray McDonald, Patrick Willis, guys like that? It’s always fun to go play with them. Whatever I can do to help this team get better.”
Looney made his first career start and played the entire game.
“It felt good to start and contribute,” Looney said. “I was going into the game thinking I was going to play. They told me I was going to play, and that was that.”
He said whatever the coaches decide will have no impact on his preparation to play Sunday night.
“That’s all up to the coaches,” Looney said. “I don’t get into that. If Alex would’ve played, he would’ve played, and I still would’ve prepared like I was the starter, so if something happened, I’d be ready to go.”