Wright reports to 49ers, ineligible for first six games

Wright reports to 49ers, ineligible for first six games
August 27, 2013, 3:15 pm
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When Eric Wright is eligible to being practicing after Oct. 15, the 49ers will have a 21-day window to activate him to the 53-man roster. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA -- Veteran cornerback Eric Wright, who is ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the regular season, reported to the 49ers and was seen taking part in rehab exercises on Tuesday.

The 49ers signed Wright, a talented six-year veteran, on Aug. 8. On Tuesday, as the 49ers trimmed their roster to 75 players, Wright was placed on reserve non-football injury/illness list.

Beginning after the sixth week (Oct. 15) and continuing through the conclusion of the 11th weekend of regular season games (Nov. 18), Wright will be eligible to begin practicing with the team. From the time he begins practicing, the 49ers will have a 21-day window during which time the club may activate him to the 53-man roster.

Wright's exact condition is not known, but he was limited by an Achilles injury last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Upon the signing, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said, "Eric is currently tending to a personal matter and he will join the team as soon as possible."

Coach Jim Harbaugh, apparently referring the off-the-field matter, said, "We're looking forward to Eric getting back to being the player that he thinks he can be and we think he can be. That would be a great story for him to be able to do that. It would be great for us if he can get there. We'll work with him."

The 49ers originally acquired Wright in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on July 19 that occurred one week after he was arrested in Los Angeles on a DUI charge. That trade was voided three days later when he failed a 49ers physical.

Wright, a San Francisco native, is a player the 49ers have liked for a while. The 49ers were interested in him during free agency of 2012 before he signed with the Buccaneers, who released him after one season. He signed a one-year, $715,001 contract with the 49ers.

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