49ers Get Big Boost With Return of Former Steelers WR

Ray-Ray McCloud, a former Steelers and current 49ers wide receiver, will be restricted in practice this week, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

McCloud is Shanahan's starting return guy and another offensive weapon.

He escaped an injured reserve spell, allowing him to participate. A training camp drill shattered McCloud's wrist. Surgery would keep him out for eight weeks.

That presumably placed McCloud's reappearance around Week 5 of 2023.

He seemed to be ahead of schedule. His situation is uncertain, yet the unthinkable is suddenly feasible.

In 2022, McCloud started kick and punt returns for the 49ers as well as receiving. 

Last season, he averaged 10.8 yards per punt return and 23 yards per kickoff return for the 49ers. 

McCloud caught 14 catches for 243 yards and ran four times for 78 yards and two scores. 

McCould signed a two-year, $10.4 million deal with the 49ers in March after leaving the Steelers in free agency.

McCloud was the Steelers' primary punt and kick returner for two seasons and an important offensive player. 

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