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ST. LOUIS -- Jewel Hampton said it was no was big deal to walk out the tunnel at the Edward Jones Dome Sunday afternoon--he's walked out of other tunnels.

Sunday was different though.

After spending the first 12 weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list, the 49ers put Jewel on their 53-man roster this week, meaning he was eligible to play this weekend.

The undrafted rookie made the trip with the team to St. Louis, but was one of seven San Francisco players inactive for the game.

Despite not dressing for the game, Hampton was still excited for the opportunity.

"It's definitely encouraging for a first year rookie," Hampton said. "You get to see what the life is like. You get to go out and see what the team does on the road. It's definitely a learning experience first year around."

Hampton added "It was definitely nice to be close to the school, home, things like that. I got to touch base with family, things like that--so I was very glad to be back in the Midwest for this short amount of time."

When the 49ers put running back Kendall Hunter on injured reserve this week, Brandon Jacobs moved up to number two on the depth chart behind Frank Gore.

Jacobs picked up a key first down on third and short to help set up San Francisco's only touchdown of the day. He managed only three more carries the rest of the way.

Still, Jacobs was encouraged. "I'm excited about my opportunity. Of course, there are things I have to get get better at," Jacobs said.

"I gotta build that trust with the coaches and everybody. I'ma let my teammates know they can count on me, and I'll be there for them."

Despite the 16-13 overtime loss, the 49ers still lead Seattly by a game and a half in the NFC West.
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