49ers pregame: Air quality OK for kickoff; wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, center Ben Garland both out

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SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPT 13: Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice waves to San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa (97) as he warms up on the field at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic no fans are allowed to attend the game. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 13: A fan’s cardboard cutout in the south stands before the San Francisco 49ers game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPT 13: Two hours before kick-off an empty parking lot can be seen at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic no fans are allowed to attend the game. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPT 13: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) prepares to throw while warming up before their game at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic no fans are allowed to attend the game. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 13: No fans are allowed into Levi’s Stadium before the San Francisco 49ers game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPT 13: Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice watches as the team warms up on the field at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic no fans are allowed to attend the game. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPT 13: Santa Clara Police drive through an empty parking lot at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic no fans are allowed to attend the game. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 13: San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle (85) gets a fist bump before their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 13: The San Francisco 49ers warm up before their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 13: A fan’s cardboard cutout in the south stands before the San Francisco 49ers game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPT 13: San Francisco 49ers team photographer Michael Zagaris stops to take a picture of the outside of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic no fans are allowed to attend the game. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

No fans allowed at Levi’s Stadium as the San Francisco 49ers open their season Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 against the Arizona Cardinals under smoky skies. (Cam Inman/Bay Area News Group)

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, and it looks like it will be Grasu judging from his one-on-one warmups with Garoppolo.

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.

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.”

#49ers Jimmy Garoppolo showed up to work today. Wearing an #EndRacism T-shirt in early warmup pic.twitter.com/quveU7f3al

I spy #49ers fan cutouts behind the end zone — aerial view via 8th floor of suite-tower press box pic.twitter.com/5VgnnoZNre

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Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/09/13/49ers-pregame-air-quality-ok-for-kickoff-wide-receiver-brandon-aiyuk-center-ben-garland-both-out/

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