Eric Wright was joined by a handful of players who were able to participate in practice for the first time on Tuesday.
Wright, who grew up in San Francisco and attended Riordan High School, was originally traded to the 49ers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late July, a few weeks after he was arrested for a DUI. He failed his physical and the trade was nullified. He eventually signed on as a free agent and placed on the reserved/non-football injury list.
“It felt good just to be able to practice, put a helmet on and communicate with my teammates,” Wright said. “It’s a lot different than looking at a piece of paper or watching film.”
He was also joined by veteran wide receiver Mario Manningham and rookie defensive linemen Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial. Wright, in his seventh season in the NFL, said there were no health issues that would keep him off the field.
“I’m just grateful to be playing for the team I grew up watching,” Wright said. “I’m able to live out my dream.”
Manningham can add depth to a thin position for the 49ers, who have been without former No. 1 draft pick Michael Crabtree.
“I’m just trying to get my confidence back,” Manningham said. “I’m learning the routes, trying to keep my quickness and get separation from the defenders. I’m doing everything I can to get back to 100 percent.”
The 49ers have a three-week window to decide whether to add any or all of the four players to their 53-man roster.