Niners notebook

Tuesday's Niners notebook:

--- WR Brandon Lloyd did not find out until after the game that he was the guilty party on the pass-interference penalty that wiped out a screen pass that went for 37 yards to the Saints' 1-yard line with 12 seconds remaining.

Lloyd was penalized for allegedly blocking Saints nickel back Fakhir Brown in front of RB Terry Jackson while QB Ken Dorsey's screen pass was in the air. Instead the 49ers were sent back to the New Orleans' 48-yard line.

Lloyd initially said he thought it was a bad call, but on Monday he said it was a call that "could've gone either way."

"He initiated the contact," Lloyd said. "I was doing what I was supposed to do. Maybe if we're at home I would've gotten away with it."

RB Kevan Barlow, who left the game in the middle of the fourth quarter with bruised ribs, said he could tell it wasn't a penalty from his vantage point on the sideline.

"I thought it was bull----. I didn't agree with it," Barlow said. "Terry caught the ball right away. I don't agree with the call."

--- Left tackle Kwame Harris is not expected to be ready for next week's game against the Seattle Seahawks, coach Dennis Erickson said. Harris sustained a high left ankle sprain early in the third quarter and returned for just one play on the goal line the rest of the way. Erickson called Harris' performance before the injury his best game since coming to the 49ers.

When Harris left the game, Kyle Kosier moved to left tackle from right guard, and rookie Justin Smiley entered the game to take Kosier's spot. Harris is listed as doubtful for next week's game.

--- FB Fred Beasley returned to the lineup after missing the opener with a high ankle sprain. Beasley obviously had quite an impact for the 49ers after they gained just 90 yards rushing in the season opener against the Falcons without Beasley in the lineup. The punishing lead blocker did not carry the ball, but the team had 34 carries for 180 yards. "Yeah, it was a big difference," Barlow said of Beasley's return.

--- WR Curtis Conway took advantage of an injury to Cedrick Wilson to put together a solid game in his first start with the 49ers. Conway caught eight passes for 112 yards. On the game's first play, he had a couple steps on Saints CB Ashley Ambrose but QB Ken Dorsey's deep pass was overthrown.

--- WR Cedrick Wilson sustained a hamstring pull that kept him out of action. The team reported on Friday that Wilson was removed from practice as a precautionary measure due to a "cramp." On Sunday morning, he was declared inactive. He has a good chance of playing in Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Erickson said.

--- TE Eric Johnson caught five passes for 60 yards, all of which came in the second half. Johnson might be one the team's most consistent performers this season because of his ability to work free underneath. The former wide receiver from Yale leads the 49ers with 13 catches for 146 yards through two games.

--- DE Otis Leverette made his first start for the 49ers just 13 days after getting claimed off waivers from the San Diego Chargers. Leverette got the starting assignment because Andre Carter was sidelined with a bulging disc in his back. Leverette responded with four tackles and a sack.

--- RB Jamal Robertson, the team's No. 3 back behind Kevan Barlow and Terry Jackson, received significant playing time in the fourth quarter after Barlow left the game due to sore ribs. Erickson decided to use Robertson because of his speed and quickness. Robertson responded with 38 yards rushing on nine carries. But his inexperience also showed when he failed to secure a handoff from Dorsey that resulted in a costly fumble that led to the Saints' winning drive.

--- Kosier will likely get his first career start at LT this week against the Seahawks. In addition to being the starter at RG, Kosier is also the top backup at every position on the offensive line with the exception of center. Kosier will take over at LT for Harris, with Smiley sliding into Kosier's spot.

--- Barlow should be ready to play against the Seahawks after taking himself out of the lineup last Sunday in the fourth quarter against the Saints with sore ribs. Barlow rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries before the injury. He is expected to practice this week.


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