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49ers sign ex-Raiders long snapper Jon Condo to replace Colin Holba

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49ers sign ex-Raiders long snapper Jon Condo to replace Colin Holba

The 49ers made a switch at long snapper Tuesday, cutting Colin Holba and signing Jon Condo, who spent 11 seasons in that role with the Raiders.

Condo, 38, was the Raiders’ long snapper from 2007 to ’17. He appeared in the final four games last season for the Atlanta Falcons. He began his career in 2005 with the Dallas Cowboys, appearing in three games before winning a spot with the Raiders two seasons later.

Holba was signed last year after Kyle Nelson was suspended 10 games for his second offense of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Nelson served the first four games of his penalty in 2018, and will be eligible to return to the 49ers after six games this season. Holba did not have any obvious mistakes in the first two games this season.

Condo will wear No. 59 for the 49ers.

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The 49ers also filled an open spot on their practice squad with the addition of offensive lineman Will Holden.

Holden (6-foot-7, 312 pounds) entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. He appeared in 11 games with seven starts for Arizona the past two seasons. He spent time in the offseason with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks.

NFL rumors: 49ers trade for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders from Broncos

NFL rumors: 49ers trade for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders from Broncos

The 49ers have found their No. 1 wide receiver. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday the 49ers acquired wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a 2020 fifth round-draft pick from the Broncos in exchange for two draft picks next year. 

Sanders, 32, has 44 receptions for 367 yards receiving and two touchdowns this season. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and has three seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving. 

The veteran wideout had 98 receptions for 868 yards receiving last year. 

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Outside of tight end George Kittle, the 49ers have been thin with receiving options, especially with injuries to Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd and Trent Taylor. Marquise Goodwin leads the team’s receivers with 181 yards receiving and Samuel's 15 catches lead the group. 

Sanders instantly becomes the undefeated 49ers' top receiver. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo now has a sure-handed option going into Week 8 against the Panthers, as well as the rest of the season.

49ers injury report: Joe Staley could return to practice this week

49ers injury report: Joe Staley could return to practice this week

The return of 49ers left tackle Joe Staley could be coming sooner than later.

Staley sustained a fractured fibula in his left leg on Sept. 15 in the second half of the 49ers’ Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Staley was immediately given a six-to-eight week time frame for his return.

Staley could be available for limited practice as early as Wednesday when the 49ers begin preparations to face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. He has been pushing a weighted sled at the 49ers' practice facility and increasing his workout regimen with strength and conditioning coach Dustin Perry.

“I think he’s going to try to get out there and practice a little bit this week,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on Monday. “We’ll see how it goes over these next two days. Just talking to him, I think these next two days are big, and we’ll see how he feels on Wednesday.

“I do think there’s an outside chance, but hopefully we can get him out on the practice field a little bit this week to where if he feels good and everything then he can go. But if not, at least he gets a little bit of work in because it’s going to be hard to get a real practice in the following week because of the Thursday night game vs. Arizona.”

Rookie Justin Skule has made four starts at left tackle in place of Staley. After the Week 8 game against Carolina, the 49ers have a quick turnaround to play Thursday, Oct. 31, at Arizona.

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Meanwhile, the 49ers are not as confident that cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon will make a push to play on Sunday. A week ago, Shanahan said he believed Witherspoon had a legitimate chance to play against the Panthers.

“Had a little bit of a setback last week, not big, but I think it’ll be pushing it this week,” Shanahan said. “There’s still an outside chance, but not as much as I felt last week.”

Witherspoon sustained a right foot sprain on Sept. 22 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was expected to miss at least a month. Emmanuel Moseley has taken over for Witherspoon and played very well in his first three NFL starts.