49ers Notes: Wright still not out of the picture at cornerback

Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 - 11:23 am

SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh on Sunday said the 49ers have kept in contact with Eric Wright, who did not pass a physical with the team last month, and they currently are "assessing" the free-agent cornerback.

The 49ers traded a late-round draft pick to Tampa Bay for Wright last month, but the deal was scuttled when Wright failed a physical. The Buccaneers released him and he became a free agent.

Cornerback became an area of concern for the 49ers last week when Chris Culliver, the team's No. 3 cornerback, tore an ACL, which will knock him out for the 2013 season.

Tramaine Brock mostly has filled in – and filled in well – as the No. 3 cornerback since. He intercepted second-string quarterback Colt McCoy in Sunday's practice.

The 49ers also have Perrish Cox and Nnamdi Asomugha as backups. But Brock, Asomugha, Cox and starter Tarell Brown are entering the final year of their contracts, and the 49ers may have a dearth at that position after this season.

Wright also is dealing with a recent DUI arrest in Los Angeles. He has not yet been charged in that case, and he is tentatively scheduled to have his initial court date Wednesday, a day before the 49ers host the Denver Broncos in the team's preseason opener. Wright does not have to be present in court on that day.

Wright, who is from San Francisco, suffered an Achilles' injury last year in Tampa, although the 49ers have not said that's what caused him to fail his physical. He also was given a four-game suspension after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Last month, general manager Trent Baalke made it clear that the 49ers did not sign Wright because of the failed physical and not because of the DUI.

"I'd ask you guys to do your due diligence as well and find out the facts surrounding it," said Baalke, who did not divulge those facts. "And I think when you did that, that particular incident in and of itself – certainly we were aware of it, certainly it's a red flag. But I don't think what's being reported is really the facts around it."

Wright also was arrested nearly a year ago in Los Angeles for felony DUI but was not charged. A breath-test taken at that time registered 0.0, his attorney said.

Receivers return – The 49ers' wide receiving corps went from threadbare to cupboard-is-full Sunday. Four wideouts who missed Friday's practice – A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Kassim Osgood and Kyle Williams – were back in action, as were newcomers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins, who were added to the roster Friday.

Jenkins had the most prolific afternoon of that group. He caught four of the six passes that went his way during 11-on-11 and team drills, including a 70-yard bomb from McCoy at the end of practice. Jenkins beat undrafted cornerback Lowell Rose on the play.

The former first-round pick, who had missed the previous week because of a hamstring strain, said he felt he needed to get back now so that he could play Thursday against the Broncos. "I'll be full-go on Thursday. That's all that matters," he said.

Collie and Hawkins did not see much action. They got into the lineup at the end of the session. Collie caught two passes, including a long ball from Scott Tolzien. Hawkins had one reception.

Injuries – Starting defenders Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman and Brown were back in action Sunday. Two starting offensive linemen, center Jonathan Goodwin and left tackle Joe Staley, were out.

Daniel Kilgore filled in for Goodwin while Adam Snyder mostly played left tackle.

Read Matthew Barrows' blogs and archives at www.sacbee.com/sf49ers and listen for his reports Tuesdays on ESPN Radio 1320. Follow him on Twitter @mattbarrows.

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