Asomugha leads battle at third CB

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Asomugha leads battle at third CB
August 27, 2013, 2:15 pm
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He's still playing at a good enough level to be a major part of our defense.
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SANTA CLARA -- Nnamdi Asomugha has edged into the lead to begin the season as the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday.

Asomugha has played well during the exhibition season to move ahead of Tramaine Brock in the competition to replace Chris Cullver, who sustained a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee during training camp. While Fangio said Asomugha is in the front-runner, he said the competition is still not completely settled.

"Brock was nursing an injury prior to the third preseason game and the second preseason game, which allowed Nnamdi to move ahead," Fangio said. "Now, Nnamdi is nursing a little injury right now.

"It's a little bit unsettled because of the injury situation, more so than anything."

Asomugha was on the practice field on Tuesday, but he was wearing a blue no-contact jersey. The 49ers did not disclose the nature of Asomugha's injury.

Asomugha, 32, a 10-year professional, is coming off two disappointing seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles after leaving the Raiders for a big-money contract.

"He's still playing at a good enough level to be a major part of our defense," Fangio said.

Asomugha has seen extensive time at both cornerback positions. His versatility has enabled him to enter the final exhibition game as the leading candidate to fill that role when the regular season begins Sept. 8 against the Green Bay Packers.

"He told us from the start that left or right wasn't a big issue for him," Fangio said. "And it's turned out to be true. We put him at left, two weeks or 10 days ago, and it was a seamless transition."