SANTA CLARA -- Linebacker Patrick Willis appeared ready to return for at least limited participation Thursday, based on the portion of 49ers practice open to the media.
Willis has not practiced since sustaining a right hamstring strain Dec. 4 against the St. Louis Rams. He wore shells and had his cleats taped up. After going through stretching, Willis joined his defensive teammates on the practice field for the first time since the injury.Willis' status for Saturday's game against the Seattle Seahawks remains uncertain. He will likely be listed as questionable, a game-time decision, for the game.
Receiver Ted Ginn appears doubtful for Saturday's game against, as he still has a noticeable limp after sustaining an ankle sprain Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ginn was not expected to practice on Thursday.Braylon Edwards is expected to be available for Saturday's game, and Kyle Williams is the top candidate to take on the return chores in the likelihood Ginn does not play.
PHOENIX – Free-agent running back DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the 49ers, his agent said.
Harris, 28, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He rushed for 138 yards on 38 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 115 yards.
Harris has also seen time with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle in his four-year NFL career.
The 49ers did not tender Harris as a restricted free agent, but agent Andy Simms revealed his client will re-sign with the 49ers via Twitter. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Chris Jones are the only other free agents the 49ers have re-signed.
PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.
“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.
Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.
Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.
"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."
The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.
"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."