Running back Frank Gore, who missed the past two games with a bum right ankle, went through a full practice today, as the 49ers began preparations to face the Houston Texans on Sunday. Gore had his right ankle taped as he went out to the practice field.
The practice was closed to the media (all Wednesday practices are closed this season), so I have no idea how Michael Crabtree looked in his first full practice running 49ers plays with Shaun Hill at quarterback.
The 49ers announced that safety Reggie Smith will not play this week. He sustained a severe groin strain Sept. 27 against the Vikings. Also, safety Michael Lewis was limited in work because of the concussion he sustained Oct. 11 against the Falcons.
Coach Mike Singletary said earlier in the day he does not know whether Lewis will be available for Sunday’s game. Lewis has experienced three concussions since mid-August. Veteran Mark Roman is the first safety off the sideline, so he would start if Lewis is unavailable.
Defensive end Ray McDonald (ankle) was limited in practice. There was talk last week that rookie Ricky Jean-Francois might suit up for the first time, but I don’t know if that plan is still on the table after he missed his flight back to the Bay Area after the bye week. Jean-Francois arrived Monday afternoon and missed the team’s walk-through practice that morning.
Cornerback Tarell Brown (illness) was also limited, and cornerback Marcus Hudson (shoulder) went through a full practice.
Guard Adam Snyder did not appear on the injury report. He left the 49ers’ last game with a thigh contusion. He did not wear thigh pads because he thought they slowed him down. Now, he’s wearing the pads, he said.
49ERS INJURY REPORT
Did not practice (and definitely will not play): S Reggie Smith (groin).
Limited practice: S Michael Lewis (concussion), DE Ray McDonald (ankle), CB Tarell Brown (illness).
Full participation: RB Frank Gore (ankle, foot), CB Marcus Hudson (shoulder).
TEXANS INJURY REPORT
Did not practice: LB Brian Cushing (foot), S Nick Ferguson (knee).
Limited practice: DE Mario Williams (shoulder).
Full participation: LB DeMeco Ryans (chest), K Kris Brown (right ankle).
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