Starting right guard T.J. Lang, who suffered a back injury late in the fourth quarter against the Jets, missed his second straight day of practice, seriously putting into doubt his availability this week. Last year, Lang missed one game due to a back injury, one due to a concussion and one due to a foot injury.
In Monday night’s game, Lang missed just a single snap, and backup Kenny Wiggins took his spot. It’s unclear who will fill that role this week if Lang can’t go, but Wiggins is likely the leading candidate with Joe Dahl the next most-likely option.
Interestingly enough, the 49ers are going through similar struggles on their offensive line. Starting guard Mike Person missed Wednesday’s practice with a foot injury, and his backup, Joshua Garnett (toe), also was unable to go.
The other key injury the Lions suffered in Week 1 was to Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah was listed as “limited” in Wednesday’s approximated injury report (they only did a walkthrough). On Thursday, he was at practice, but he was not wearing shoulder pads, and mostly took part in warmups and general cardio drills.
Considering Ansah suffered a shoulder injury, it’s not all that surprising to see him out there with no pads on. However, this casts a little doubt on Adam Schefter’s report on Wednesday that the Lions were “hopeful” Ansah could play this week.
The good news is that Matthew Stafford (shin) and LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) looked perfectly fine during Thursday’s practice. Full injury designations will be released later Thursday afternoon.