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49ers ponder Christian McCaffrey’s status, elevate Dontae Johnson

49ers ponder Christian McCaffrey’s status, elevate Dontae Johnson

A veteran defensive back Dontae Johnson will be back on the field Sunday when the 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 49ers, however, are not required to make a decision on newly acquired running back Christian McCaffrey until 90 minutes before the 1:25 p.m. kickoff at Levi’s Stadium.

McCaffrey has a spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster after the 49ers traded four draft picks to acquire him from the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.

General manager John Lynch described it as a “tall order” for McCaffrey to learn enough about the 49ers’ game plan to be available to play just two days after his arrival in the Bay Area.

McCaffrey played in each of the Panthers’ first six games of the season. He practiced with Carolina on Wednesday and Thursday before hopping on an 8 a.m. flight to the Bay on Friday.

He is physically ready to play. But will he have enough information about the team’s offense to make it work against the Chiefs? That is the question.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said there are many factors that will go into the team’s decision on whether to have McCaffrey as one of the team’s 48 active players, including how it will affect special teams.

Also, if an injury occurs to the running back, could McCaffrey play a significant role without disrupting the rest of the offense? Jeff Wilson Jr. is in line for his fifth start of the season at quarterback.

“Those are things we really have to think about,” Shanahan said.

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The 49ers made just one move that will affect Sunday’s game. Johnson was cut from the practice squad for the second straight game.

Starting cornerback Charvarius Ward is listed as questionable for the game against his former team due to a groin injury.

Johnson, a nine-year NFL veteran, saw time on defense and on special teams in the 49ers’ 28-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6.

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