SANTA CLARA — Free agent cornerback Eric Wright might end up in a 49ers uniform after all.
Coach Jim Harbaugh indicated Sunday that the team has had contact with Wright since losing nickel back Chris Culliver to a season-ending knee injury Thursday.
The 49ers were set to acquire Wright from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a trade until the 28-year-old Wright failed a physical July 22. The 49ers voided the trade and the Buccaneers released him.
Harbaugh was asked following Sunday's workout if the team has had dialogue with Wright, a former Riordan High School star, since Culliver went down.
"I believe so," Harbaugh said.
Asked if Wright had come in for another physical and whether he was part of the team's plans, Harbaugh responded: "We're assessing. ... I don't have a crystal ball, but there's a process."
Injuries have been an issue for the 49ers as they prepare for their exhibition opener Thursday against the Denver Broncos. The receiving corps has been hit hardest, but Culliver's loss to a torn ACL is also a costly blow.
He's played significantly the past two seasons as the team's third cornerback behind starters Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers, taking the field when opponents enter obvious passing situations.
With Culliver out, Tramaine Brock will get a crack as the third cornerback, but Nnamdi Asomugha — in camp on a one-year deal with no guaranteed money — figures to also get consideration.
NOTES: The 49ers had three injured receivers back on the practice field Sunday: A.J. Jenkins (hamstring), Kassim Osgood (leg). Harbaugh said he expected Jenkins to play Thursday. ... Harbaugh said he anticipated that "a few" players would not play Thursday, but the only player he mentioned specifically was LB Patrick Willis, who wasn't expected to play as he recovers from a fractured right hand. ... Harbaugh had praise for second-year RB LaMichael James and said James will likely get first crack at punt returns Thursday. ... LBs NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith returned to practice. C Jonathan Goodwin remained out, with Daniel Kilgore working with the first team Sunday. Left tackle Joe Staley also sat out with Adam Snyder taking his place.