The 49ers had until August 31 to decide whether they wanted to activate certain players from the PUP list. That way, they’re eligible to play Week 1. If not, these players would have to sit out for six weeks.
Jaquiski Tartt had been recovering from a turf toe injury and was placed on the PUP list at the beginning of August. However, Tartt has been rehabbing along the side of the field during the past week or so and even running.
It was a good sign when the team placed Tartt on the PUP list and not the injured reserve. But, on August 10, Kyle Shanahan didn’t make it sound like Tartt would be returning to the field any time soon:
“I mean, not moving very fast right now… I don’t know how long he’s going to stay on PUP, but I don’t see him coming back soon right now.”
The Niners activated Tartt from the PUP list on Wednesday afternoon, making him immediately eligible to practice. Obviously, Tartt is now eligible and likely on track to start Week 1.
This is significant news. We’ve been head over heels for Talanoa Hufanga, but the combination of Tartt and Jimmie Ward remains one of the best duos at safety in the NFL. Now, the team can work Hufanga into the lineup slowly by using him in sub-packages.
There’s the trust factor with Tartt, who can play anywhere on defense, and you won’t have to worry about him doing his job. Having a veteran back at safety with the pass rush that the 49ers field is a big deal.
We’ll see if Tartt plays in the team’s final preseason game. If so, he’s a lock to start Week 1. Shanahan hopes Tartt can play against the Raiders this Sunday. It Will be based on this week’s practice.
Nick Bosa and Trent Williams are also returning to Wednesday’s practice, per Shanahan.