Reinforcements on the way for 49ers

October, 14, 2013
10/14/13
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers remain optimistic they will get four players back to practice this week after injuries.

Receiver Mario Manningham, cornerback Eric Wright and rookie defensive linemen Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial are “anticipated” to practice this week, coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. This reiterates what Harbaugh said last week about the group. The 49ers have a walk-through practice Tuesday and then have a full-fledged practice Wednesday, which would be the player’s first real test.

Once the players start to practice the team will have 21 days to activate them to the 53-man roster or shelve them for the season. All four players, barring setbacks, are expected to be activated.

Harbaugh said Sunday Dial, a fifth-round pick from Alabama, could be activated as soon as Sunday against Nashville.

The 49ers are thin on the defensive line. Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey injured his hamstring in the first quarter Sunday and did not return. He was jogging on the sideline, didn’t have much of a limp after the game and said he thought he’d be fine. Monday, Harbaugh said there is no new information on Dorsey’s health.

In other 49ers’ notes:
  • Harbaugh said several players stood out in the 32-20 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. He pointed out the play of tackle Anthony Davis and quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
  • Asked if the 49ers would be interested in trading for a receiver such as Hakeem Nicks, Josh Gordon or Kenny Britt, Harbaugh said that is “endless speculation” and the 49ers are not interested in “endless speculation.”
  • While Kyle Williams hasn’t been spectacular on punt returns, Harbaugh defended his work and said Williams is doing a good job.
  • The 49ers signed guard Al Netter to the practice squad. Netter was previously with the team. Tampa Bay signed guard Patrick Omameh from the squad last week.
  • 49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone toldCSN Bay Area how difficult it is to turn on and off his emotions on the field.
  • 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin discussed his charity celebrity dinner at Morton's the Steakhouse in San Jose on Nov. 11. The Anquan Boldin Foundation benefits under-privileged children.
  • The 49ers leave for a 10-day trip Friday when they go to Nashville for Sunday’s game against the Titans. They then fly directly to London to play Jacksonville on Oct. 27. What’s Harbaugh’s travel plan like? Pretty simple: “I’m going to go with the clothes on my back, pack my playbook, a tooth brush and a great attitude.”

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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