What's next for 49ers at receiver?


What's next for 49ers at receiver?

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers are down to three healthy wide receivers. And that includes Michael Crabtree, who has been held to limited practices since the start of the regular season to manage his left foot.Receiver Joshua Morgan is out indefinitely with a fractured right ankle, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Sunday evening. The Sacramento Bee reported Monday morning that Morgan is scheduled for surgery.
Morgan was injured with more than four minutes remaining while catching a 19-yard pass on a fourth-and-3 play with the 49ers leading 41-3.Receiver Braylon Edwards is expected to miss one more game after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee three weeks ago. His most likely return date is Oct. 30 against the Cleveland Browns.Crabtree, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams are the 49ers wideouts expected to be available Sunday against the Detroit Lions.The 49ers need more bodies at wide receiver to practice, so they must at least bring in somebody from the outside for the practice squad. Currently, the 49ers have two practice-squad receivers: Joe Hastings and former University of San Diego player John Matthews.The 49ers can also be expected to add a receiver to the 53-man roster. But it's doubtful any player added will be anything but No. 4 on the depth chart initially. And when Edwards returns, that player would likely be No. 5.The 49ers have not used a four-receiver set through the first five games, so right now the 49ers must be content with Crabtree and Ginn, with increased play time on third downs for Williams. And they can certainly get by with No. 2 tight end Delanie Walker getting even more playing time.Among the players the 49ers will consider are Hastings, as well as Dominique Zeigler and Lance Long, veterans who were among the team's final cuts of training camp.The most notable receivers without a team are, of course, Terrell Owens and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Owens sustained a torn ACL in April. He might not be ready to play for another month or more. The 49ers need a receiver who can at least practice now without any restrictions.The 49ers tried to make a splash at wide receiver after the lockout. The club pursued Plaxico Burress, and even got him on a flight to the Bay Area, before he decided to sign with the New York Jets.The 49ers worked out receiver Donnie Avery early in the season. He signed recently with the Tennessee Titans. Last week, no wide receivers worked out for teams across the NFL.

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season, will not continue the protest this season.

Reid said Wednesday they achieved their goal of bringing attention to racial inequality in the United States.

“When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that’s trying to make a change.

“We accomplished that goal. People talked about it. I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country. And now it’s time to move on to just affecting change.”

Reid and Harold are back with the 49ers, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 49ers have expressed no interest in retaining Kaepernick after opting to sign free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, instead.

“I stay in touch with him,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “I’m rooting for him. Obviously, he isn’t on a team, yet, but I’m rooting for him but hopefully he gets that call after the draft.

“It’s surprising. You see some of the other quarterbacks that have been signed around the league and why he hasn’t been, it’s just unfortunate.”

When asked if thought Kaepernick was paying the price for his protest, Reid answered, “I think so. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. People want to shy away from him because of media, PR reasons.

“You’re doing something to better the world. I mean, the guy got a plane sent to Somalia to help with the famine there. He’s been doing things that if it were anybody else in a different situation without the anthem (protest), they’d be praising him and giving him awards for it.”


Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

SANTA CLARA – NaVorro Bowman, who sustained a season-ending torn Achilles in Week 4 of the 2016 season, has been a full participant as the 49ers return to the practice field this week.

Bowman worked with the first team at middle linebacker Wednesday and appeared to move at top speed as the 49ers went through the second day of on-field workouts at a voluntary minicamp.

The 49ers, under new coach Kyle Shanahan, are allowed an extra voluntary minicamp as part of their offseason program. Bowman's return to the practice field was the highlight as the 49ers enter their third-week of the offseason program.

In other notes:

--The 49ers had tryouts with three unsigned veteran players: cornerback Steve Williams, and offensive linemen Tim Barnes and Kitt O’Brien.

--Wide receiver DeAndre Carter made the best catch of the day on a deep throw from quarterback Matt Barkley. Carter beat Williams on the reception.

--Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who is a candidate to play the “Leo” position, was held out of competitive drills as he continues to recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

--Ronald Blair lined up at the “Leo” position with the first-team defense and beat No. 2 right tackle Garry Gilliam for a sack in the “non-contract” drills. Aaron Lynch was at the “Leo” position with the second team.

--Tank Carradine lined up at the 5-technique, which is a position where the 49ers could target Stanford’s Solomon Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick.

--Kyle Juszczyk showed the versatility that prompted the 49ers to make him the highest-paid fullback in the league with several pass receptions during the 90-minute practice.

--Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson lined up at the cornerbacks with the first-team defense. Robinson made a leaping interception of a Brian Hoyer deep sideline pass against Rashad Ross during 7-on-7 drills.

--Hoyer and receiver Pierre Garçon teamed up for a 20-yard completion on the opening play of the 11-on-11 period.

--Wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, did not practice due to a soft-tissue injury not related to his hamstring injury of a year ago.

--Offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah (soft tissue), tight end Je’Ron Hamm (leg), running back Raheem Mostert (soft tissue), linebacker Eli Harold (toe) and tight end Blake Bell (cut forehead) did not practice.