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49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks is back with the team after dealing with the death of his sister

The 49ers could have a key piece of their defense back Sunday against Baltimore.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 49ers were unable to sack Eli Manning and he went on to throw 441 yards and orchestrate a game-winning drive inside the last minute.

While second-year outside linebacker Aaron Lynch had a productive day with five quarterback hits, he was the only San Francisco's only pass rushing presence. But that could change Sunday against the Ravens if the 49ers have Ahmad Brooks back against Joe Flacco.

Brooks returned to practice Thursday after leaving the team last week following the death of his 40-year-old sister, Krsunthia, from lupus. Defensive coordinator Eric Mangini didn't commit to Brooks' status, but his return indicates he's likely to suit up Sunday to play Baltimore.

"That's another one that we'll have to see towards the end of the week with Ahmad," Mangini said. "Jimmy (Tomsula) is taking the lead on that. So, whenever Ahmad is back we'll be excited and happy to have him here. Every situation is different."

Brooks is one of six San Francisco defenders with one sack on the year. Lynch leads the team with three, while the 49ers are 19th in the league.

San Francisco enters Sunday with 30th-ranked passing defense and 27th-ranked scoring defense, allowing 28 points per game. However, at Levi's Stadium, the 49ers have given up 20 points combined in two games against the Vikings and Packers.


Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.

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