The 49ers announced the addition of kicker Matthew Wright to their practice squad on Monday. In a corresponding move, they released running back Brian Hill to keep the practice squad at its maximum of 17 players.
Wright joins the club amid uncertainty over the status of rookie kicker Jake Moody heading into the season opener. Moody has been dealing with a strained quadriceps muscle since the final week of spring training and the team doesn’t have a definitive schedule for when he will be able to play.
There’s hope he’ll be active for the season opener in Pittsburgh, but Wright provides them with inside insurance in case Moody isn’t available.
Wright has played 23 games in three NFL seasons with the Steelers, Jaguars and Chiefs. He has connected on 40 of 46 field goal attempts and 35 of 37 extra points. Wright is 23-for-24 as a pro from within 40 yards. This year he spent the preseason with Carolina.
Moody’s status should be updated on Wednesday when the team releases its first official practice participation report of the year.