SANTA CLARA -- Receiver Braylon Edwards took part in the entire pre-practice warmup session Wednesday before 49ers practice.Edwards is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, as he was seen running the route tree at full speed during the window in which the local media is allowed to watch practice.
Edwards underwent surgery Sept. 19 to repair a torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee. He began warmups with a sleeve on his knee. After a while, he rolled the sleeve below his knee and continued to run routes.Fullback Moran Norris remains out of action after sustaining a fractured left fibula Sept. 18 against the Dallas Cowboys. He was working out on a side field and in the team's weight room.
Rookie cornerback Chris Culliver's status is unknown. He had a brace on his left shoulder at practice Tuesday and he was not spotted on the practice field Wednesday. The 49ers are required to submit a participation report to the league office at the conclusion of practice.Guard Adam Snyder (shoulder), linebacker Parys Haralson (hamstring) and cornerback Tramaine Brock (hand) were in full pads for the start of practice Tuesday -- an indication each will likely be available to play Sunday.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.
On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.
Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.
Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”
Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.
Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.
Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.
Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.
If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.
Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.
Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.
If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.
Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.