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SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are down two cornerbacks and one wide receiver for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
And that has prompted the 49ers to move one of their wide receivers to work this week with the defensive backs, presumably for work with the scout team.
Second-year wide receiver Quinton Patton, inactive for each of the team’s first nine games, went through individual drills Thursday with the defensive backs because the team is shorthanded in the secondary.
It is not uncommon for those who do not see action in games to play both ways in practices. Patton also worked with the defensive backs on Wednesday.
Nickelback Jimmie Ward (foot) and cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring) are not expected to be available to play Sunday. Both players missed practice on Thursday.
Rookie wide receiver Bruce Ellington is no longer wearing an orthopedic boot for his sprained left ankle, but he did not practice and is not expected to be available for action Sunday, either.
The 49ers have the option of activating Patton for Sunday’s game, but the 49ers could go with third running back Alfonso Smith, who provides more special-teams value than Patton.
Defensive end Justin Smith sat out his second day of practice. He typically sits out one practice a week for “no injury related” to give the 14-year veteran additional rest time.
Linebacker Dan Skuta (ankle) was expected to go through limited practice, but defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he did not believe he would play Sunday.
Inside linebacker Chris Borland was no longer wearing a blue jersey, which signifies players who are off-limits for contact. Borland is expected to make his fourth consecutive start as he takes over for Patrick Willis, who will have season-ending toe surgery.