The big news on Wednesday for the Lions versus 49ers game was wide receiver Calvin Johnson missing practice with a foot injury. Don’t get too excited Niner fans, as Johnson returned to practice on Thursday. According to the Lions injury report, he fully participated in practice and is expected to go in the game Sunday night.
While Johnson is a go, it is unknown if he is 100%. He did say he was resting it so he could put more “stress” on the foot in practice the rest of the week. Even if he is not 100%, he will still be a threat the 49ers defense has to reckon with. Regardless of the injury, San Francisco’s defense was going to make him work for his catches and yards. Something tells me with how talented he is, and despite the injury, he will find a way to torment the 49ers’ secondary. However, if last week’s play by the secondary is any indication of what they are capable of stopping, Johnson will get his receptions, but not many yards after the catch.
Another notable injury for the Lions is to starting cornerback Chris Houston, who is dealing with a high ankle sprain. The cornerback led the Lions with five interceptions last year and he missed the season opener against the Rams. He was limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but is expected to play. The injuries to Johnson and Houston are two positions the 49ers can exploit and turn to their advantage on offense and defense. Especially at cornerback, with the 49ers new receivers and Alex Smith throwing 152 of his 211 passing yards to his wide outs last week.
Calvin Johnson on his foot injury,
My foot feels good. Just wanted to give it a day to rest yesterday, so get out here and stress it today. You want to stress it on a day like today because it is our big run day for us so you can see how it will respond in the game.
The 49ers were without running back Brandon Jacobs and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. at practice for the second straight week. The good news is the 49ers did not add any players to the injury report since last week’s win over the Packers. Both were on the field at practice, but they will were doing individual conditioning with a trainer. With Kyle Williams and Kendall Hunter showing they can handle the punt and kickoff duties, and the depth at running back, the injuries have not hurt the team in a significant way. Should another running back get injured and/or the backup returners start to fail, then the 49ers will start to have problems. Hopefully, Jacobs and Ginn will return soon.