The San Francisco 49ers placed cornerback Eric Wright on the reserve non-football injury/illness list this week. The designation allows the 49ers to keep Wright without using up a valuable roster spot until at least Nov. 11 depending on when he can return to practice.
The 49ers attempted to acquire Wright three times in the past year. The team originally pursued Wright in free agency a year ago. It unsuccessfully attempted a trade earlier this off season. The third time proved to be the charm when San Francisco signed the cornerback upon his release by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The team does have plans for Wright once he's fully healthy and back on the field.
"We're looking forward to Eric getting back to being the player that he thinks he can be and we think he can be," San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. "That would be a great story for him to be able to do that. It would be great for us if he can get there. We'll work with him."
Quality depth at cornerback is a concern in San Francisco. The team will rely heavily on Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers and Perrish Cox. The team also expects to keep veteran Nnamdi Asomugha. Wright could eventually replace Asomugha in the rotation if Asomugha doesn't play to the level expected thought the first half of the season.
It will all depend on Wright's injury. Maiocco theorized it could be an ACL injury which hampered Wright in Tampa Bay last year. If Wright can get on the field and stay healthy, he will be one of San Francisco's top cornerbacks at some point this season.