According to a report from NFL.com, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said on Wednesday that cornerback Eric Wright is close to returning to action. Wright has been on San Francisco’s non-football injury/illness list since signing with the team in August.
NFL.com Media Insider Ian Rapoport tweeted the news after talking with Harbaugh on Wednesday:
The 49ers currently have an open roster spot with the release of wide receiver Marlon Moore yesterday. However, don’t expect Wright to replace Moore because the Niners need another receiver on the roster. Mario Manningham is widely expected to be activated for Week 10.
So the question is who will be cut? That player will most likely be cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The writing has been on the wall for weeks as Nnamdi has been a healthy scratch from the lineup for the past four games.
Asomugha has only played in three games this season. His inaction this year has more to do with the rise of fellow cornerback Tramaine Brock, than Nnamdi’s skills declining. But then again he was burned a few times this season against opposing receivers. Hopefully he can catch on with another team if/when he is released. But at 32 years old and having been a disappointment since signing a huge contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, there will be few options.
The 49ers traded for Wright in July; however, it was voided because he failed a physical. After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived him, the Niners signed the cornerback to a contract. The reasons why Tampa Bay cut Wright were because of off-field troubles that included a suspension for PEDs and a DUI.