49ers to fill two roster spots before Thursday Night Football vs. Raiders

49ers to fill two roster spots before Thursday Night Football vs. Raiders

The 49ers will make two roster moves to account for some of the issues the team has with its roster on a short game week.

All indications are the 49ers plan to promote rookie cornerback Emmanuel Moseley from the practice squad and activate outside linebacker Dekoda Watson off injured reserve before Thursday night’s game against the Raiders at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers created two open roster spots Monday when the team waived wide receiver Victor Bolden and cornerback Greg Mabin.

The 49ers also could activate rookie strong safety Marcell Harris for the game, coach Kyle Shanahan said this week.

The 49ers on Wednesday ruled out linebacker Reuben Foster (hamstring), and safeties Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) and Antone Exum (concussion) from playing against the Raiders.

Watson, a ninth-year pro, went on injured reserve Sept. 8 with a hamstring injury. He could see action Thursday at strongside linebacker with Malcolm Smith moving back to weakside linebacker to take Foster’s spot.

Moseley earned his promotion after strong showings in training camp and during the first nine weeks of the season on the practice squad. Moseley (5-foot-11, 184 pounds) originally signed with the 49ers in May as an undrafted rookie from Tennessee.

Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman is listed as questionable for the game with calf and heel issues.

Jerry Rice shows confidence in 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo after ugly game

Jerry Rice shows confidence in 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo after ugly game

The GOAT has spoken. 

Jimmy Garoppolo couldn't have played much worse in the 49ers' 24-15 preseason win over the Broncos on Monday night, but Jerry Rice isn't worried about the franchise quarterback. 

Garoppolo completed just one of his six pass attempts for a whopping zero yards. His first pass was batted down by a Denver defensive lineman and his second was intercepted. 

Oh, and the Broncos dropped what could have been an easy pick-six on Garoppolo's second drive. 

"It's something that I haven’t done in a year, obviously, so I’ve got to knock the rust off and everything,” Garoppolo said afterward. “Thankfully, we have a short week this week, so we can bounce back quickly. But it's the first step of getting back into it."

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Rice is on the same page as Garoppolo and 49esr coach Kyle Shanahan. While Monday night was ugly for Jimmy G, it was his first game action in nearly one year. Fans are fretting, but the team isn't. 

Should the 49ers be more concerned? Only time will tell. 

Why Kyle Shanahan wasn't shocked by 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky's hit


Why Kyle Shanahan wasn't shocked by 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky's hit

One of the highlights of the 49ers 24-15 preseason win in Denver was fourth-round pick Mitch Wishnowsky’s tackle of the player returning his own kickoff. 

In the middle of the third quarter, 6-foot-2, 220-pound Wishnowsky drilled the ball four yards deep into the end zone but Broncos 5-foot-7, 170 pounds running back Devontae Jackson still thought it was a good idea to bring it out.

Right at about the 24-yard line the punter made contact with Jackson and drove him into the ground a few yards back. 

Video of the hit has since gone viral and it will likely be a while before Jackson lives that play down. 

After the game, Wishnowsky said the tackle wasn’t too reminiscent of his Australian football days but still enjoyable. 

“You don’t really get too many head on,” Wishnowsky said. “It’s a lot of sort of wrap-up tackles, but yeah, it was nice to get one.” 

Wishnowsky also explained why he was so far down the field on the play.

“I hang back and then if there’s a gap to fill, I’ll just run in there,” Wishnowsky said. “Sort of half expecting him to sort of out step me but he didn’t so it worked out.” 

Via conference call, coach Kyle Shanahan shared that he wasn’t surprised of Wishnowsky’s ability, but he also doesn’t want to see that on a regular basis. Shanahan, however, was very complimentary of his punter’s technique. 

[RELATED: Wishnowsky's Madden rating increases after hit]

“I was not shocked at all,” Shanahan said. “That’s what rugby players do. I don’t know if we want to make a living out of doing that but it’s good for the other 10 guys to see if they’re not on it, he might get down there and take their stats away. 

“I was very impressed with it. It was a perfect form leverage-side tackle.”