HERTFORDSHIRE, England – The 49ers activated rookie defensive lineman Quinton Dial off the reserve/non-football injury list for last week’s game.
Three other players who resumed practice last week might be close behind.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday that wide receiver Mario Manningham, cornerback Eric Wright and rookie defensive lineman Tank Carradine could be capable soon of returning to game action.
Each player can be activated to the 53-man roster at any point during a 21-day window that began last week when the players began practicing.
When asked if somebody could be moved to the active list for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, Harbaugh said, “It’s possible. There’s a chance, yeah.”
However, it seems unlikely.
Manningham has the most to offer the 49ers but the club is expected to wait until after the bye week to move him to the roster from the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list.
He was the 49ers’ second-leading wide receiver last season with 42 receptions for 449 yards in 12 games before sustaining season-ending ligament tears in his left knee.
The 49ers could use Manningham’s services. Behind Anquan Boldin, the 49ers’ second-leading wide receiver is Kyle Williams, who has 10 catches for 101 yards through the first seven games of the season.
After Sunday’s game, the 49ers have a bye week. They return to action Nov. 10 against the Carolina Panthers. That week also seems the most likely date for the Wright and Carradine to have an opportunity make their 49ers debuts.
Wright, who was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, has a strong chance to take veteran Nnamdi Asomugha’s spot on the 49ers’ roster when he is available. However, the 49ers currently do not have an obvious need at the cornerback position.
The 49ers own the NFL’s No. 6 pass defense with cornerback Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown playing well in the starting lineup. And the strong play of third cornerback Tramaine Brock has made Asomugha expendable.
Carradine is returning from a torn ACL last November that ended his final season at Florida State. The 49ers selected him in the second round of the draft.
The 49ers have have six defensive linemen on the team’s 53-man roster, though their starting unit of Ray McDonald (biceps), Justin Smith (shoulder) and Glenn Dorsey (hamstring) sat out Wednesday’s practice. Each is expected to be available to play in Sunday’s game.
Two other 49ers on reserve lists are not as close to returning to action. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree (Achilles) is expected to be available in mid- to late-November, Harbaugh said recently. Rookie running back Marcus Lattimore (knee) is expected to be held out until the 2014 season.