Ripped from the headlines.......ok, not ripped but copied and pasted. Ripped just sounds cooler....... http://www.mercurynews.com/49ers/ci_18761095?nclick_check=1 Starters typically hog the spotlight in the third exhibition game, but coach Jim Harbaugh has other ideas for the 49ers. He wants his backups to see plenty of action against the Houston Texans' starters Saturday. "The reason for that is those guys are fighting for their football life, their pro football life," Harbaugh said Thursday, "and (we) want them to have the ability to play the game, but also to see them against other starters, you know?" The 49ers' backups are thrilled at the prospect of lengthier playing time. "(Harbaugh) wants to see what we can do against potential starters in the regular season," wide receiver Kyle Williams said. "I love the opportunity." Added fullback Bruce Miller: "It's going to be big for guys to go out and take advantage of this game." That includes Alex Smith's understudies at quarterback. Smith will start and play perhaps only two series before rookie Colin Kaepernick replaces him on the first-string unit. Josh McCown also might see his first action in a 49ers uniform. Harbaugh noted that Smith could return if situations warrant it, such as a two-minute drill, but one goal is to have Kaepernick face a starting defense. "I'd rather have Colin ready and experienced with the starters, against the (opposing) starters, in an NFL setting, before we have to get to that point. That's the idea," Harbaugh said.