Veteran receiver Isaac Bruce appeared on the injury report Wednesday for the first time this season. He is not expected to be in uniform when the 49ers face the Chicago Bears tonight at Candlestick Park.
Third-year player Jason Hill replaced Bruce near the end of the first half Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Three plays later, Hill caught a 12-yard touchdown pass. Hill finished with four receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns, while Bruce remained on the sideline.
Coach Mike Singletary said Bruce “rolled” his ankle in practice Tuesday.
This would appear to signal a shift to a young receiving corps for the 49ers. Rookie Michael Crabtree and second-year player Josh Morgan are the team’s starting wideouts. Hill appears ready to take over the role of the team’s No.3 wideout.