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The much anticipated NFL debut of former BYU linebacker Fred Warner will have to be delayed at least another week.

Warner did not play in the 49ers preseason opener on Thursday night due to a chest injury he has suffered in camp. Warner could have played but apparently, it was a precautionary move by the 49ers.

When Warner does make his debut, there might be a greater opening for Warner to take a starter role within the Niners starting linebacker unit because Malcolm Smith limped off the field after just six plays in the Niners 24-21 over the Cowboys on Thursday. There has been a lot of buzz in the Bay Area about Warner making a case to be in the starting lineup before Smith's injury, now this just opens that conversation even more as long as Warner is healthy as well.

Warner was a three-year starter in his career at BYU where he piled up 262 tackles, 6.5 sacks, seven interceptions, five fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles.

Warner was selected in third round of the 2018 NFL Draft at pick number 70 to the 49ers.

The 49ers next game is on the road against the Houston Texas on Saturday, August 18th, at 6 p.m. (MDT).

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NFL Preseason Week 1 scoreboard

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26, Miami Dolphins 24

Carolina Panthers 28, Buffalo Bills 23

Cincinnati Bengals 30, Chicago Bears 27

Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Philadelphia Eagles 14

Cleveland Browns 20, New York Giants 10

New Orleans Saints 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 20

Baltimore Ravens 33, Los Angeles Rams 7

New England Patriots 26, Washington Redskins 17

Green Bay Packers 31, Tennessee Titans 17

Houston Texans 17, Kansas City Chiefs 10

San Francisco 49ers 24, Dallas Cowboys 21

Indianapolis Colts 19, Seattle Seahawks 17

Friday games

Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets

Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders

Saturday games

Minnesota Vikings vs. Denver Broncos

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals

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