Shaun Hill was held out of practice today because of back spasms, and the 49ers quarterback was listed as questionable for Sunday's regular-season finale at Cleveland.

Hill, who has led the 49ers to successive victories since taking over for injured Trent Dilfer, has been suffering from back spasms.

"We rested him today and I'm hopeful he'll play on Sunday," Coach Mike Nolan said. "Right now with Shaun, we're just taking it a day a time."

If he can't go, Chris Weinke would start. Weinke took all of the first-team snaps during practice today.

Hill sustained the back injury near the end of the second quarter last Sunday, when he took a shot to the back at the end of a scramble, though he continued playing. Later in last Sunday's 21-19 victory over Tampa Bay, Hill was shaken up by a hard hit to the midsection that left him with bruised ribs. He left the field for one play, then returned to throw his third touchdown pass of the game.

In listing Hill as questionable, Nolan said, "He's got back spasms, bruised ribs, a bad finger, you can go down the list. He needs some rest to kind of heal up."

Hill said back pain is his biggest concern.

"All of a sudden, the finger feels great," Hill said with a laugh. He fractured and dislocated his right index finger a month ago when his hand struck a teammate's helmet as he followed through on a pass during practice.

Dilfer, still recovering from a concussion suffered Dec.


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9 against Minnesota, has been declared out for a third consecutive game. Alex Smith is on injured reserve after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

Weinke, a former Carolina Panthers quarterback, was out of football when he was signed by the 49ers three weeks ago. If the 49ers need to shore up their depth at quarterback, Nolan said former UCLA quarterback Drew Olson could be promoted from the practice squad.

Wide receiver Arnaz Battle and running back Michael Robinson, who were quarterbacks in college, also could be pressed into duty in an emergency.


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