Saturday, September 29, 2012

Isaac Sopoaga Not Likely to Play Against Jets

Ricky Jean Francois is expected to start at nose tackle Sunday in place of an injured Isaac Sopoaga when the 49ers visit the New York Jets.

Sopoaga did not practice Thursday for a second straight day, having sustained a left-knee injury late in the 49ers' 24-13 loss Sunday at Minnesota. The injury is not believed to be serious enough to sideline him more than one game.

Jean Francois started in place of Sopoaga one game last season, when Sopoaga couldn't play Oct. 9 against Tampa Bay because of a reported staph infection.

"They're both big, physical guys on the nose for us," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "Ricky's got a little bit, maybe, more movement ability. Isaac's got maybe a little bit more stoutness to him. But I don't see a big difference in both guys, and we would expect Ricky to go out there and play really good for us."

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