Leading up to a game on Sunday, the 49ers practice on Thursday’s is important because it’s when Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff start to implement their game plan for an opponent. Players on offense and defense are running at full speed at practice learning the game plan, and those listed as limited or did not participate at practice gives a good indication of who will not play on Sunday.
At practice on Thursday this week running back Brandon Jacobs and Isaac Sopoaga fully participated after both missed last week’s game with left-knee injuries. The offense and defense will both get a big boost this week against the Buffalo Bills if Jacobs and Sopoaga can play. There were no setbacks reported for either player after Thursday’s practice, so we should expect to see both on the field on Sunday.
The Niners are as healthy as they have been since the start of training camp. Not only were Jacobs and Sopoaga on the field, but Ted Ginn Jr., who returned last week, also fully participated and is not showing any signs of his ankle injury hampering his play.
One concern was for the second straight day NaVorro Bowman was wearing a black jersey which means no contact at practice. It appears Bowman has a shoulder strain which could affect him in pass coverage. However, I doubt Bowman will miss the game since was on the field practicing even though it was without contact.
The Bills have not listed their reports for Thursday’s practice; however, here is the participant list from Wednesday’s practice:
Did not practice: Safety Jairus Byrd (hip), Tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle), Defensive Tackle Spencer Johnson (ankle), Guard Kraig Urbik (ankle)
Limited: WR Ruvell Martin (ankle)