Curtis Inactive

    Let's hope Kevin Curtis really enjoyed having Saturday off in the  Bay Area, because there was no other apparent reason for the team's top 2007 wideout to travel across the continent. The inactives for today's game in San Francisco were just announced, and Curtis, out since Aug. 21 sports hernia surgery, was among them.

  The fact that he is close to playing, apparently, should mean that Curtis will be ready to go when the Birds resume after their upcoming bye week. That was the rough timeframe envisioned when he got the surgery, though of course, there were early oiptimistic murmurings that he was going to be back sooner.

     No other surprises on the Birds' list --- J.R. Reed (hamstring, ankle), Brian Westbrook (ribs), Shawn Andrews (back), Reggie Brown (groin), none of whom made the trip. As usual, rookies Bryan Smith and Mike McGlynn are inactive. Rookie Joe Mays gets only his second activation of the season, probably as a special teams booster.