49ers Elevate Willie Snead and Kendall Sheffield Ahead of Game Against Cardinals
In preparation for their Week 4 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers have made some roster moves. The team announced on Saturday that they have elevated veteran receiver Willie Snead and cornerback Kendall Sheffield from the practice squad.
With the 49ers potentially missing a receiver for the game, Snead’s promotion from the practice squad brings much-needed depth to the position. Snead, a 30-year-old with eight previous NFL seasons under his belt, played in four games for the 49ers last season. While he did not register a catch on offense, he contributed on special teams with 38 plays.
In his career, Snead has appeared in 99 games with 48 starts, primarily with the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens. He has accumulated 279 receptions for 3,431 yards and 16 touchdowns throughout his NFL tenure.
In addition to Snead, the 49ers also elevated cornerback Kendall Sheffield. The 27-year-old is set to make his debut for the 49ers after being signed to their practice squad earlier this week. Sheffield, a three-year NFL veteran, was released by the Houston Texans in August.
The decision to bring up only one receiver from the practice squad indicates that the 49ers are hopeful that wide receiver Deebo Samuel will be available to play. However, Jauan Jennings, who shares third receiver duties with rookie Ronnie Bell, will not be suiting up due to a shin injury. Jennings was listed as “doubtful” on the 49ers’ official injury report after missing practice throughout the week.
The injury report also revealed that Samuel (ribs and knee), running back Elijah Mitchell (knee), and linebackers Dre Greenlaw (ankle) and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (ankle) are listed as questionable for the game.
If Mitchell is unable to play, second-year player Ty Davis-Price will join Christian McCaffrey and Jordan Mason as the available running backs for Sunday’s game.
The 49ers, who currently hold a 2-1 record, will face a tough challenge against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals. The game will take place at Levi’s Stadium.
Fans will be eager to see how the elevated players, Snead and Sheffield, will contribute to the 49ers’ efforts to secure a victory against their divisional rivals.