49ers sign receiver Deontay Burnett in wake of Deebo Samuel injury

49ers sign receiver Deontay Burnett in wake of Deebo Samuel injury

It could be nothing, but it might be something.

NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday that the 49ers are signing wide receiver Deontay Burnett to their practice squad, citing a source. Burnett reportedly was signed following a workout featuring multiple receivers.

The 49ers confirmed the transaction Wednesday, releasing Malik Henry from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

The fact that San Francisco is altering its practice squad isn't necessarily notable, unless it's a reaction to developments regarding the 53-man roster. As we know, the 49ers' receivers haven't exactly had the cleanest bills of health up to this point in the season.

Trent Taylor might have been talking trash following San Francisco's big win over the Rams on Sunday, but that doesn't change the fact that he has yet to appear in a game this season while recovering from surgery. The same goes for third-round draft pick Jalen Hurd. Jordan Matthews was signed after Hurd was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 3, but he has been inactive for both games since. Then second-round draft pick Deebo Samuel injured his groin in the win over the Rams, leaving the rookie questionable for the 49ers' Week 7 game against Washington.

Given all of those injury concerns circling around San Francisco's receiving corps, the Burnett signing could simply be viewed as insurance, or perhaps it's an indication the 49ers don't expect to have Samuel when they attempt to improve to 6-0 on Sunday.

A three-year player at USC, Burnett looks the part of a Kyle Shanahan receiver. He doesn't have blazing speed, but he's a good route runner who has shown glimpses of potential. Burnett caught on with the Titans after being undrafted out of college and produced a solid preseason with Tennessee, but was a casualty of final roster cuts. He was signed by the Jets shortly thereafter, and caught 10 passes for 143 yards over five games with New York last season. He was waived by the Jets at the conclusion of training camp earlier this year.

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The 49ers signing Burnett to the practice squad doesn't necessarily mean they expect him to eventually make an impact on the 53-man roster. However, it sure would seem to suggest one or more of San Francisco's ailing receivers is further away from a return than originally thought.

NFL flexes two marquee 49ers games to prime time at Levi's Stadium

NFL flexes two marquee 49ers games to prime time at Levi's Stadium

Welcome to prime time.

After an 8-1 start to the season, the 49ers have been flexed into two marquee games under the lights at Levi's Stadium: Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers and Week 16 against the Los Angeles Rams.

The 49ers-Packers game, originally scheduled for 1:25 p.m. on Nov. 24, has been moved to a 5:20 p.m. kickoff for "Sunday Night Football" on NBC. Iconic broadcasters Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call the game from Santa Clara, as the NFC-leading 49ers take on Aaron Rodgers and the 8-2 Packers.

Meanwhile, the 49ers-Rams NFC West clash, originally scheduled as "TBD" for Saturday Dec. 21 or Sunday Dec. 22, officially will kick off at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday the 21st. The 49ers beat the Rams 20-7 in Los Angeles in Week 6, so Jared Goff and the underachieving Rams will try to get revenge under the lights at Levi's. The game will be broadcast on NFL Network.

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Get your popcorn ready, 49ers fans. Prime-time football is here.

NFL rumors: Colin Kaepernick informs teams of private workout Saturday

NFL rumors: Colin Kaepernick informs teams of private workout Saturday

Colin Kaepernick continues to show NFL teams his desire to extend his football career. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that NFL teams were informed the former 49ers quarterback will hold a private workout Saturday in Atlanta. Kaepernick will showcase his current shape and football skills, as well as answer any questions. 

All NFL teams have been invited to attend, according to Schefter, and video of the workout and interview will be made available to every franchise.

Kaepernick, 32, last played in the NFL in 2016 with the 49ers. The six-year pro began kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 preseason to protest racial and social injustices, as well as police brutality to African Americans. 

Kaepernick underwent shoulder surgery going into the 2016 season and had to work his way back to health. He appeared in 12 games that season -- starting 11 -- and threw 16 touchdowns to four interceptions. Kaepernick also added two more touchdowns on the ground.

The former 49ers QB threw for 2,241 yards and rushed for another 468 the last time he played in the NFL. Kaepernick has 12,271 career passing yards, 2,300 career rushing yards and 85 total touchdowns over his six-year career. 

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In February, Kaepernick and former 49ers safety Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick's protest by kneeling as well in 2016, resolved their pending grievances against the NFL. Reid currently is in his second season with the Carolina Panthers. He continues to kneel during the anthem. 

Kaepernick has posted videos to social media of his workouts, and his representatives told ESPN he has been "working out five days a week, for three years, in preparation to play again."