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49ers activate WR Mario Manningham, CB Eric Wright, waive CB Nnamdi Asomugha

The 49ers activated WR Mario Manningham and CB Eric Wright, while also waiving CB Nnamdi Asomugha. We break down the roster implications. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!


The 49ers have made several roster moves official. The team announced they have waived cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (rumored discussion earlier), and activated Mario Manningham and Eric Wright off the PUP and NFI list, respectively. It is also worth noting that two days after the 49ers waived linebacker Nate Stupar, he was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

None of this is surprising, but that doesn't make it any less exciting. The 49ers wide receiver situation is a quagmire behind Anquan Boldin, and getting Manningham back in the mix is a step forward. We don't know what to expect from Manningham upon his return, but if his knee is at or close to 100 percent, the 49ers will at least have the threat of Manningham at their disposal. Even though Manningham isn't a burner type of receiver, he will hopefully help spread defenses out a little bit more.

Eric Wright has been on the NFI list since signing with the 49ers in August. He started practicing three weeks ago, and now he joins a secondary that has had a solid season thus far. The 49ers starting corners are Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers, with Tramaine Brock operating as the third cornerback in nickel and dime situations. Perrish Cox has been the team's dime back dating back to last season.

The question is how the 49ers work the corners into the mix, and who will be inactive. In Week 9, the 49ers inactives were CB Nnamdi Asomugha, WR Jon Baldwin, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, LB Jermaine Cunningham, RB LaMichael James, OG Joe Looney and WR Quinton Patton.

Cunningham and Nnamdi are both gone at this point. In looking through the depth chart, how do they fill those two spots? Are all four reserve defensive linemen active? That's also assuming they don't cut one of them when the team has to cut to 53 players.

Furthermore, they will also be adding Nick Moody back to the roster. It may not happen this week, but they can activate him starting Wednesday. They have to find a spot for him, and eventually a spot for Michael Crabtree. There are just too many bodies here!

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