Michael Crabtree will be in Friday night's starting when he plays in the first exhibition game of his four-year career. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Crabtree and Ted Ginn Jr. will be the 49ers' starting wide receivers against the Minnesota Vikings (6 p.m. kickoff).
Crabtree missed his first three exhibition seasons because of a contract holdout, a neck injury and a foot injury. He returned to team drills Tuesday for the first time since straining his right calf July 27.
Randy Moss will play, Harbaugh said, and that would be Moss' first appearance in an NFL uniform since his three-team tour of 2010.
How should fans react to Williams?
"He's a 49er. He's one of us," Harbaugh said.
Is thrusting Williams back out there a type of therapy? Not intentionally.
It's part of the depth chart. He returns punts for us," said Harbaugh, who added that he and Williams are "good" following Williams' ejection from Wednesday's drills for fighting Deante' Purvis.
"Wear your mouthpiece. That was a bad decision last year," Smith recalled of the 24-3 loss that featured 21 first-half blitzes by the Saints. "This is real ball. It's been a while since we've had that. It'll
Although Smith didn't wear a mouthpiece for that opener and escaped without any dental damage, he did wear one after that.
Smith hasn't been back to Candlestick Park since the NFC Championship game defeat. But when he's driven past it on Highway 101, he's thought: "It's the 'Stick. Such a unique place. Great history there. He had a great run there last year. Hosting playoff games, for me, was really special."
Asked what he recalls of his former Bears teammate, Harbaugh said: "Good hard worker. Great football player. Good man. A leader." Harbaugh said he hasn't had a chance to have "in-depth" discussions with Singletary since succeeding him as the 49ers coach.
Alex Smith on if he's looking forward to seeing Singletary: "I'm getting ready to play a game. Our relationship was fine."