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Jason Verrett returns to practice for San Francisco

Jason Verrett has gained a clean bill of health just in time for the regular season. According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback was back at practice on Monday in advance of his team’s season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Also returning to the field for San Francisco was cornerback K’Waun Williams. Wide receivers Jalen Hurd, a third-round draft pick in April, and Trent Taylor were reportedly the only players not participating during the portion of practice that was open to media.

Verrett suffered a minor ankle sprain on August 8, and missed the remainder of training camp and the preseason as a result.

The 49ers took an an extra cautious approach with the former first-round pick after signing him to a one-year, $3.6 million deal in free agency. They initially lined him up at second-string cornerback when training camp began, loathe to give the oft-injured Verrett too much work on the field as he finished recovering from a torn Achilles tendon that caused him to miss all of last season.

Verrett was once one of the NFL’s most promising young defensive backs. He made the Pro Bowl during his first season as a full-time starter as a sophomore, finishing with 47 tackles, two tackles for loss, three interceptions, and five passes defensed.

The injury bug bit one season later, though, when the TCU product tore his ACL in Week 4 and was placed on injured reserve. The Los Angeles Chargers exercised the option on Verrett’s contract for the 2017 season despite his injury, planning to start him at cornerback opposite Casey Hayward. Disaster struck again just barely after the season kicked off, when Verrett felt nagging pain in his reconstructed knee and was again placed on injured reserve.