Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said there's no concrete plan on how he will use his group of talented cornerbacks, all of whom are practicing this week, but he said the goal was to get them all on the field.
“We’ll mix up the corner position and try to get them all action in there, in and out, and it’ll be different combinations,” Fangio said. “When we play six DBs, they’d be in there, all of them. ... I think it’ll be different combinations at different times.”
The team began the season with Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver at the outside positions. Brock, however, injured his toe in Week 1 and Perrish Cox filled in for him and played well. Cox leads the league in passes defended and is tied for third with three interceptions.
Now all three are back at practice although Brock is still limited with a toe injury and Culliver is dealing with a hamstring strain that knocked him out of the Week 7 game at Denver.
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Fangio said Ward, the team's first-round draft choice, would continue to be the nickel cornerback.
Injuries -- Ward (quadricep) went through a full practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Linebacker Patrick Willis (toe) and cornerback Tramaine Brock (toe) were the only 49ers who were limited. All 52 players on the active roster practiced for the second straight day.
Limited: CB Tramaine Brock (toe), LB Patrick Willis (toe)
Full: CB Chris Culliver (hamstring), S Jimmie Ward (quadricep)
Did not practice: S Cody Davis (concussion), DT Aaron Donald (shoulder), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), T Rodger Saffold (shoulder)
Limited: LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), S Rodney McLeod (knee)
Full: C Tim Barnes (shoulder), WR Kenny Britt (hip), DE William Hayes (foot), CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), S Lamarcus Joyner (hip), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle), C Scott Wells (elbow)
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