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.
SANTA CLARA -- 49ers tight end George Kittle showed up on the injury report with a groin strain last Friday. Two days later, he looked completely healthy going up against the Los Angeles Rams.
Kittle was held out of practice on Wednesday, but he returned to limited work during the 49ers’ padded work on Thursday at their team facility. Kittle downplayed the team’s report of his physical condition and is expected to play Sunday against Washington.
Kittle caught eight passes for 103 yards in the 49ers’ 20-7 victory over the Rams on Sunday.
However, the 49ers had seven players who did not participate in Thursday's practice. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk, tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon remain out of action.
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Running back Raheem Mostert (knee), wide receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) and nose tackle D.J. Jones (hamstring) sustained injuries in the 49ers’ win over the Rams that have kept them from practicing thus far this week.
49ers practice report
Did not practice
DT D.J. Jones (hamstring)
FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee)
T Mike McGlinchey (knee)
RB Raheem Mostert (knee)
WR Deebo Samuel (groin)
T Joe Staley (fibula)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot)
DE Dee Ford (quadricep)
TE George Kittle (groin)
CB K'Waun Williams (hand)
Washington practice report
Did not practice
S Deshazor Everett (ankle)
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring)
G Wes Martin (chest)
CB Josh Norman (thigh, hand)
RB Chris Thompson (toe)
TE Vernon Davis (concussion)
QB Case Keenum (right shoulder, foot)
RB Adrian Peterson (quadricep)
The NFL trade deadline is set for Tuesday, Oct. 29. But some teams, such as the Los Angeles Rams, did not wait until the last minute. There were a flurry of trades Tuesday – a full two weeks before the deadline.
Meanwhile, the 49ers have not made a trade since a couple of deals on the third day of the NFL draft in late-April.
Still, general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan are looking forward to adding multiple starting players to their lineup in the coming weeks.
No, the 49ers are not expecting to acquire a player or two from outside the organization at any cost. Instead, they expect to shore up some areas of their team with the return of key players from injuries.
The 49ers expect to fortify their lineup with the returns of offensive tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and slot receiver Trent Taylor.
Lynch and Shanahan said the club is always looking to improve, but they always will weigh the short-term benefit and the long-term advantage of any trade.
Here's a position-by-position look at the 49ers’ prospects for making a trade