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Harbaugh says Akers will remain starting placekicker for 49ers Saturday against Green Bay


San Francisco 49ers place kickers Billy Cundiff, left, and David Akers (2) chat during NFL football practice in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The 49ers host the Green Bay Packers in an NFC divisional playoff game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

David Akers is keeping his job as San Francisco's starting kicker. For now, anyway.

Jim Harbaugh made the announcement after practice Thursday, two days ahead of the 49ers' NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers (12-5) at Candlestick Park.

The 49ers signed Billy Cundiff on Jan. 1 to compete with Akers, a 15-year veteran who has struggled this season while making only 29 of 42 field-goal attempts. Akers revealed last week he underwent double hernia surgery last February.

Cundiff, who missed a potential tying 32-yarder that kept Baltimore and Harbaugh's big brother, John, from reaching the Super Bowl last season, will remain on the roster.

Harbaugh said he isn't likely to be among the active players Saturday.


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