Someone else other than Bryan Walters is handling punt returns today, as the wide receiver has been declared inactive against Carolina. Tharold Simon is active, suggesting his newest injury that forced him from last week’s game in St. Louis wasn’t as serious as we feared. He’ll start opposite Richard Sherman, with Marcus Burley sliding in at nickel.
And despite the latest in locker room drama, Marshawn Lynch is obviously active and will start. Zach Miller and Max Unger still appear at least another week away from returning, which means weaknesses on the offensive line will still be an issue.