49ers reach terms with 15 players for initial practice squad originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The 49ers signed center Jake Brendel and cornerback Dontae Johnson to the 53-man roster to fill the roster vacancies left when the team placed defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (ankle) and cornerback Davontae Harris (hamstring) on injured reserve.
Wide receiver/return man Travis Benjamin is among the 15 players known to the joining the 49ers' practice squad. The 49ers have the option of elevating Benjamin to the active roster for the team's opener on Sunday, Sept. 12, against the Detroit Lions.
The 49ers might have wanted to bring back Nsimba Webster as the punt returner, but the Chicago Bears claimed him off waivers.
The only other legitimate option to return punts is starting wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk.
General manager John Lynch confirmed the 49ers reached agreements with tight end Tanner Hudson, claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and cornerback Dee Virgin, formerly of the Detroit Lions, to join the 49ers' practice squad.
The 49ers announced 13 other players have signed to the practice. Veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, whom the 49ers cut on Tuesday, is not among the players signed to the practice squad. Lynch said the team is in conversations with Clinton-Dix and hopes to sign him to the practice squad.
Nate Sudfeld was signed to the practice squad to become the 49ers' third quarterback behind Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance.
Here are the 13 players the 49ers re-signed to the practice squad:
Defensive lineman Alex Barrett
Wide receiver Travis Benjamin
Wide receiver River Cracraft
Defensive lineman Darrion Daniels
Offensive lineman Alfredo Gutierrez
Fullback Josh Hokit
Offensive lineman Corbin Kaufusi
Offensive lineman Senio Kelemete
Tight end Jordan Matthews
Safety Jared Mayden
Offensive lineman Colton McKivitz
Quarterback Nate Sudfeld
Linebacker Elijah Sullivan
Gutierrez is part of the NFL’s International Pathway Program and is considered an exemption on practice squad, allowing the 49ers to retain 17 players.