SANTA CLARA -- Eric Wright said it felt good to "put the helmet on" after participating in his first practice with the 49ers on Tuesday.

The veteran cornerback signed with the 49ers in late August after a trade to San Francisco was voided a month earlier. The initial move, which came a week after Wright's DUI arrest, was nixed when he failed a physical and was sent back to Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers, who gave him a five-year, $37.5 million contract in 2012, eventually released him and he signed with the 49ers. They placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list. He made no mention of any physical ailments when talking Tuesday.

"All of us in general, we have personal responsibilities," Wright said when asked about his health issues that kept him off the field. "We all have families, we have kids and different things like that. We're responsible for a lot of things. We're more than just professional athletes, so I'm just grateful for this opportunity to be here playing for my hometown team and playing for such a storied franchise and being able to live out my dream."

Asked if he had any physical limitations, Wright said, "Being out just practicing, that says a lot."

Tuesday was the first day Wright, or any other players on the reserve/non-football injury or physically unable to perform lists could begin practice.


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Wide receiver Mario Manningham and rookie defensive linemen Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial also made their returns to practice. The 49ers have 21 days to decide to add the players to the 53-man active roster, place them on injured reserve or release them.

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