49ers pregame report: Rookie rusher Trey Sermon surprise inactive

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DETROIT — Running back Trey Sermon won’t be making his 49ers debut today, as he is surprisingly among the inactive for the season opener against the Detroit Lions.

Sermon was not on an injury list this week or at all through training camp. The third-round draft pick from Ohio State figured to split carries with starter Raheem Mostert.

Instead, Mostert’s backups will be rookie Elijah Mitchell and second-year player JaMycal Hasty.


Cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley (knee) and Josh Norman won’t suit up, so the 49ers instead will fill their starting spot opposite Jason Verrett with either veteran Dontae Johnson or rookies Deommodore Lenoir or Ambry Thomas.

Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (knee) is out, as expected after he barely practiced last week. Defensive tackle Kevin Givens (hip) is suiting up.

Guard Aaron Banks, the 49ers’ second-round draft pick, is also inactive. A shoulder injury kept him out the final two preseason games.


Quarterback Trey Lance showed no hindrance from an Aug. 29 finger injury as he warmed up for today’s NFL debut, in an expected cameo role behind starter Jimmy Garoppolo.

Others suiting up for their 49ers’ debuts: wide receivers Trent Sherfield and Jauan Jennings; offensive linemen Alex Mack, Jake Brendel and Jaylon Moore; defensive linemen Zach Kerr, Samson Ebukam and Arden Key; and, safeties Talanoa Hufanga and Tavon Wilson.


The Lions’ biggest absence will be that of left tackle Taylor Decker, who went on injured reserve Friday with a finger issue.

Their inactive are wide receivers KhaDarel Hodge and Tom Kennedy, running back Jermar Jefferson, guard Tommy Kraemer, linebacker Julian Okwara and defensive end Levi Onkwuzurike.


It’s been nearly six months since the 49ers traded up in the draft to the No. 3 slot, a move traced to their eventually accurate belief the New England Patriots wanted Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, ESPN reported.

The 49ers, of course, did not select Jones, but the Patriots did (at No. 15 overall) and Jones will start for them in today’s opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Trey Lance is who the 49ers took at No. 3, after Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Zack Wilson (New York Jets) went ahead of him. Jones and Lance were the 49ers’ finalists.



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