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49ers are healthy for the first time and without excuses

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This week marked the first time everyone on the 49ers 53-man roster and practice squad participated in practice. While there are several players on the injured reserve who are out for the season including Ian Williams, everyone else could play if needed.

After many players missing multiple games, everyone is back and healthy at the right time. Michael Crabtree was the first injury of 2013 when he went down with a torn Achilles back in May after an awkward fall. Aldon Smith took an indefinite leave from the team after being arrested for a DUI in Week 3, but the 49ers won five consecutive games without him.

Rookie safety Eric Reid has suffered two concussions thus far, but both times he was back to play the following week. The offensive line had a scare with Joe Staley having two injuries, but he hasn't missed a game this season. Mike Iupati (sprained MCL) has been out for the last three games, but practice for the first time this week as a limited participant. Iupati is on pace to return against the Falcons in Week 16.

These injuries affected the passing game as Colin Kaepernick has primarily targeted Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. He has yet to throw a touchdown to another player as Crabtree, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin and Vance McDonald are all shut out.

In the first two games with the wide receiver back, the 49ers have only scored three touchdowns and settled for seven field goals. While the win over the Rams was a cakewalk, it was still a lackluster effort on offense considering the weapons this team has.

Frank Gore struggled against St. Louis and it wasn't until a 51-yard run where the ground game was finally did something against the Seahawks. He made a perfect cut which helped an otherwise inept 49ers offense for most of the game. With the exception of one touchdown drive, Kaepernick couldn't bring consistency to the passing game.

San Francisco will be facing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team who has improved as the season goes on. They are one of the best defenses at getting interceptions and Kaepernick can't afford to make mistakes this game.

The quarterback said he isn't worried of the team's passing stats as they're currently 9-4 and in a good position for a playoff spot. With Crabtree playing his third game since the injury on Sunday, there can't be excuses if he doesn't succeed with Boldin and Davis in the passing game.

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