July 28, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers rookie guard Joe Looney (66) participates in drills during training camp at the 49ers practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
Although the 49ers have today off from practice, there is good news out of camp. The team announced that offensive guard Joe Looney has passed his physical and been activated from the active/non-football injury list. Looney suffered a Lisfranc injury at the Senior Bowl this past January and there were concerns because the injury is a tricky one for trainers. I don't know what kind of rehab, if any, remains, but this is obviously a very good sign.
After being drafted Looney thought he would be cleared for football activities sometime in June, but that did not happen. He continued his rehab through the summer, but now is ready to go for training camp. As the situation currently stands, he will be mostly working at right guard, where Alex Boone and Leonard Davis would appear to be the leading candidates to start.
There was some talk of Looney going as high as the second round had he not injured his foot. Looney is a big boy with the talent to battle for that right guard position. If Leonard Davis makes the team, he, Daniel Kilgore and/or potentially Mike Person are looking like the primary backups. Looney could work his way into playing time, but I would imagine he is likely going to end up being a weekly inactive during the season.