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This Week In Chiefs Football: Marcus Cooper will play vs. 49ers

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) warmed up before Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) warmed up before Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. The Kansas City Star

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper will play Sunday against the 49ers after all.

Cooper, who was limited in practice Thursday and Friday because of a knee injury, will be in the starting lineup Sunday at Levi's Stadium. Had Cooper missed the game, the Chiefs might have been forced to move starting safety Ron Parker back to corner.

The following players are inactive for the Chiefs Sunday: safety Eric Berry, quarterback Aaron Murray, receiver Donnie Avery, center Eric Kush, left guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, defensive end Damion Square and receiver Albert Wilson.

Ryan Harris will start his fifth straight game at right tackle for Donald Stephenson, who returned from a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy this week but will be a reserve.

Meanwhile, the 49ers will be missing a handful of key players on Sunday, including star tight end Vernon Davis and right tackle Anthony Davis.

This Week In Chiefs Football

Chiefs hope to be the hammer, not the nail, against the 49ers run game.

On the flip side, Niners’ stout run defense will test Chiefs’ ground-based attack.

Your 49ers-Chiefs scouting report, complete with videos and links.

My attempt to get down to the bottom of Alex Smith’s mindset as he faces his old team.

De’Anthony Thomas finally set to make his NFL debut.

Chiefs corner Phillip Gaines making an impression on special teams.

A replay of my Chiefs chat.

With Donnie Avery slated for surgery, A.J. Jenkins primed to start against old team.

Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith is in a groove, having fun on the field.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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