---Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (shoulder) and right tackle Erik Pears (groin) returned to practice today after sitting out Wednesday’s session with injuries.
Both were limited but coach Chan Gailey said Pears took nearly every rep and while he couldn’t say for certain if Johnson would be available for Sunday’s game in Miami, he felt optimistic because he practiced.
Strong safety George Wilson (neck), wide receiver David Nelson (ankle), defensive end Spencer Johnson (calf) and kicker Rian Lindell (shoulder) all sat out of practice although Gailey said Nelson would have participated had he not been hit with an unspecified illness.
Wilson is questionable for Sunday while Gailey hopes Johnson can return to practice on Friday and perhaps play against the Dolphins. Linebacker Chris Kelsay (calf) and left tackle Demetrius Bell (shoulder) were limited.
“Stevie came out and did some things today which was good and that was a positive,’’ Gailey said. “He was limited but he did some things. We got him off the field early to get some treatment.’’
The only players listed on the injury report for Miami are tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle) and corner Nolan Carroll (hamstring). Carroll participated fully while Fasano was limited.