SANTA CLARA – Cornerbacks Jimmie Ward and Rashard Robinson will be in uniform and available for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium.
Ward started the 49ers’ first three games of the season before sustaining a right quadriceps strain that sidelined him for the past three games. Robinson started every game in place of Ward, but he sustained a concussion in the 49ers’ loss last week at the Buffalo Bills.
Robinson cleared the concussion protocol this week to be cleared to return to action. It is unclear whether Robinson or Ward will start at right cornerback. Ward practiced this week at cornerback and nickel back.
The 49ers on Saturday promoted running back DuJuan Harris from the practice squad to the active roster. He will suit up for Sunday’s game and be the second running back into the action, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Mike Davis will start in place of Carlos Hyde, who is out with a shoulder injury.
Harris was productive late last season after signing with the 49ers. He rushed for 140 yards on 27 carries (5.2-yard average).
Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey is inactive due to a knee condition for the second time in the past three weeks.
QB Christian Ponder
WR Keshawn Martin
CB Marcus Cromartie
RB Carlos Hyde
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Glenn Dorsey
QB Ryan Griffith
RB Doug Martin
CB Johnathan Banks
T Leonard Wester
OL Caleb Benenoch
DE Robert Ayers
DT Clinton McDonald
The 49ers on Saturday promoted running back DuJuan Harris to the active roster to be eligible to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium.
The team waived defensive lineman Taylor Hart to make room for Harris on the 53-man roster. Hart, originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, was claimed by the 49ers off waivers on Sept. 5. He appeared in one game and recorded two tackles.
Running back Carlos Hyde has been ruled out of Sunday’s game due to a right shoulder injury. Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn have served as the 49ers’ backup running backs through the first six games of the season.
Harris (5 foot 7, 206 pounds) has bounced between the 49ers’ 53-man roster and practice squad this season. He has yet to appear in a game. Last season, he played in two games, rushing for 140 yards on 27 carries. He also caught nine passes for 97 yards.
Draughn and Davis are the 49ers’ fourth- and fifth-leading rushers this season behind Hyde and quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. Draughn has 55 yards rushing on 18 attempts, while Davis has 18 yards on 10 carries.
SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter is getting a second chance with the 49ers to show them, for the first time, what he can do.
Smelter, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, sat out his entire rookie season to rehab from a left ACL tear from his final season at Georgia Tech. And the 49ers never got much of a look at him in the offseason and training camp this year because of a right hamstring injury.
After being waived/injured in September, Smelter spent more than six weeks getting healthy and dropping weight from 227 pounds to 210. The 49ers signed Smelter this week to the practice squad to replace Dres Anderson.
“I tried to drop the weight down to make it easier on my body,” he said. “I feel a lot lighter on my feet. Just out there running around, everything is a little easier. I feel smoother out there. Everything feels a lot more effortless.”
Smelter did not work out for any other teams during his time as a free agent. He spent most of his time in the Bay Area getting healthy. He traveled to the Dallas area to work with David Robinson, a trainer who runs D-Rob Sports & Fitness Training with a clientele list that includes Adrian Peterson, Emmanuel Sanders and Reuben Randle.
What did he work on? “Everything,” Smelter said. “I’m new to the position. I’m still learning a lot.”
Smelter attended college on a baseball scholarship before transitioning to football. He played 25 games at Georgia Tech, which runs the triple-option offense. In his final college season, he caught 35 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns.