After a week of uncertainty, the 49ers list of player who will be inactive against the Lions is down to three, meaning Mike Iupati, Isaac Sopoaga and Shawntae Spencer will be ready.
Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson pose serious matchup issues for every NFL team. Where will the onus of containing the two fall?
Lions wideout Calvin Johnson is the first player in NFL history to have nine receiving touchdowns after five games. So, how do you defense him? Donte Whitner: "Go up and compete with him for the football."
The 49ers and Detroit Lions have completed their Thursday practices, and here's a look at their practice participation reports for the day.
Mike Iupati is looking like he'll be ready for Sunday, and the 49ers received good news on Isaac Sopoaga, who missed last week's game.
On a conference call Thursday, Ndamukong Suh came off as a cordial and well-spoken. But on the field, he transforms into a quarterback-hitting, fine-attracting terror.
Urban Meyer on Alex Smith: "He's not a guy that you throw the ball out there and tell him, 'Go play.' He wants to know what is exactly expected of him and then he becomes a dynamite player."
Guard Mike Iupati did not practice Wednesday due to a left knee injury, as the 49ers began their week of work to get prepared to face the unbeaten Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga returned to the 49ers' practice field Wednesday, but left guard Mike Iupati was an onlooker during the early portion of 49ers practice.
The 49ers signed undrafted rookie receiver Kerry Taylor to the practice squad. Taylor is the nephew of former 49ers receiver John Taylor.
Receiver Joshua Morgan's contract expires at the end the season. He will not play before then, but Jim Harbaugh made it clear he is priority.
The wide receiver's injury is similar to those sustained by Giants catcher Buster Posey. Morgan was placed on IR Wednesday morning.
Rookie defensive end Aldon Smith will rarely come off the field in this game. Smith, the No. 7 overall pick, leads the 49ers with 3.5 sacks.
The 49ers signed wide receiver Brett Swain, who the club determined had the most impressive tryout Tuesday at the team's practice facility in Santa Clara, a source said.