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Lions guard T.J. Lang remains absent from practice, Ezekiel Ansah still limited

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This could be huge for the 49ers.

Fooch’s update: The Lions released their official Thursday practice participation report

DNP: OT Andrew Donnal (knee), OG T.J. Lang (back)
Limited: DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder)
Full: RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), QB Matthew Stafford (shin)

The San Francisco 49ers do not return to practice until 1:50 p.m. PT, but in the meantime, the Detroit Lions have begun their Thursday practice session. They will issue a formal practice participation report in a couple hours, but media on hand provided some important updates.

Guard T.J. Lang remains sidelined with a back injury. He suffered it at the end of the Lions MNF loss to the Jets, and his status for Sunday seems questionable at best. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was listed as doubtful on Friday’s final injury report, or simply ruled out If Lang is unavailable, that opens up a big opportunity against the interior of an already shaky Lions offensive line. DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead had a strong performance last week against Minnesota, and could be in line for another big opportunity.

Ezekiel Ansah is still limited with a shoulder injury suffered on Monday. He was doing cardio work on the side, and I have a feeling will be listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report. It’s safe to say his absence would be huge for the Lions pass rush.