Deese strained his right calf in last week's loss to the St. Louis Rams. His calf was heavily bandaged and he began the week on crutches. He underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam before his foot was placed in a protective boot to keep weight off the injury. By Thursday, Deese had returned to practice. By Friday, coach Steve Mariucci was announcing the Niners would have Deese for Monday's game.
"He's going to play," Mariucci said. "He kept saying he was going to practice on Thursday and the trainers didn't feel it was possible. That miracle boot that we use to aggressively rest people, evidently it rested enough."
--- Defensive tackle Bryant Young, who also was wearing a boot earlier this week on his left ankle after spraining it against the Rams, practiced at the end of the week and will start against the Jets.
--- Rookie Jamie Winborn, the team's second-round draft pick, will make his NFL debut against the Jets after missing the first two games due to injury. Winborn, who was handed a starting position at linebacker entering training camp, now is a backup to Jeff Ulbrich and Derek Smith. He also will play on special teams. "Right now, he's starting on two (special teams) and backing up on two," Mariucci said. "He didn't get any snaps in the preseason with it. Really, this is all new to him."
--- Defensive end Chike Okeafor's playing status probably will be a game-time decision. "The jury is still out on his (right) elbow," Mariucci said. "We have to see how that comes along. But otherwise, we're pretty darn healthy with the starters."