49ers roster: 3 players who should be promoted up from practice squad

Dontae Johnson #27 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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The 49ers are dealing with a minor rash of injuries after five weeks, meaning these three practice squad players should be elevated to help out.

The San Francisco 49ers have arguably found their course after five weeks into the 2022 season. And while a rocky 1-2 start wasn’t a good omen, back-to-back impressive wins over the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers have revealed more than adequate depth on both sides of the ball.

Those two wins have also shown the fact the Niners have been able to absorb a relatively notable recent rash of injuries.

San Francisco has been without running backs Tyrion Davis-Price and Elijah Mitchell for much of the season already. Then, in Week 3, the 49ers lost All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams to a high-ankle sprain for a few weeks.

Week 5’s win over Carolina proved to be even more devastating, though, as the Niners watched safety Jimmie Ward break his hand on the first play of the game. Interestingly enough, it was Ward’s first play of the regular season after he missed the first four weeks with a hamstring injury.

Making matters worse, that same game resulted in starting cornerback Emmanuel Moseley suffering a torn ACL late in the contest, putting even more pressure on San Francisco’s depth within the secondary.

General manager John Lynch is likely to explore external options to help make up the difference, both on the free-agent wire and through possible trades ahead of the 2022 NFL trade deadline.

However, if the 49ers elect to stay in-house, they could always promote these three players up from the practice squad.