49ers elevate Austin Bryant to face Cowboys after Kyrie Hyder firing – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

49ers elevate Austin Bryant to face Cowboys after Kyrie Hyder firing - NBC Sports Bay Area & California

The 49ers on Saturday elevated veteran defensive end Austin Bryant from the practice squad to be available to face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5.

San Francisco also promoted cornerback Kendall Sheffield from the practice squad for the second straight game. Sheffield was a key contributor on special teams while making his 49ers debut last week against the Arizona Cardinals.

Bryant, who played his previous four NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions, was ready for the 49ers’ season opener at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bryant will take Kyrie Hyder’s place in the 49ers’ defensive line rotation when the 49ers take on the Cowboys on “Sunday Night Football” at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers on Friday released Hyder to make room on the 53-man roster for defenseman Randy Gregory, who the team acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos.

Gregory will be one of the 49ers’ inactive players Sunday night, coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Gregory traveled to Santa Clara on Friday for a physical workout and to meet with his teammates and coaches. Shanahan said he returned to Denver later in the day and is scheduled to rejoin the 49ers on Monday.

Haider was active in the first four matches of the season. He recorded one sack while playing 59 defensive snaps. Bryant played 16 snaps against the Steelers in Week 1. He did not record any tackle, but provided one pressure on the middle.

The 49ers on Friday ruled out running back Elijah Mitchell due to a knee injury. The 49ers would suit Christian McCaffrey, Jordan Mason and Ty Davis-Price at running back.

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Offensive lineman John Feliciano was listed as “questionable” with a concussion suffered in the team’s Week 4 win over the Cardinals.

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