Bethel (foot) practiced in full Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Bethel has endured a slow recovery from offseason foot surgery, which is expected to impact him throughout the campaign. Active status in Week 1 equated to 22 snaps on special teams and none on defense, but perhaps Wednesday's full showing will open the door to work in the defensive backfield. After rookie corner Brandon Williams was torched by the Patriots on Sunday, Bethel is the prime candidate to make a run at the starting job opposite Patrick Peterson, pending his health, of course.
Branch secured 10 tackles (nine solo) and one pass defended during Sunday's victory against the Buccaneers.
An offseason signee of the Cardinals, Branch has so far logged 78 percent of the defensive snaps, which ranks fourth among fellow defensive backs, while also picking up 61 percent on special teams. The multi-faceted defender should continue to receive plenty of run in a scheme that uses six DBs frequently and occasionally seven. Considering the usage and his veteran savvy, it's no surprise that he boasts the second-most tackles (16) on the team behind starting strong safety Tony Jefferson.
Butler (ankle) did not participate at Wednesday's practice and is considered doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Rams, Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 reports.
Butler was seen in a walking boot at Wednesday's practice, and while he may hold snaps for Chandler Catanzaro on Sunday, the chances of him punting against the Rams seem slim. If Butler sits, the Cardinals will need to look elsewhere to delegate punting responsibilities.
Celek (back) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, CSN Bay Area reports.
Celek seemingly had a good opportunity to lead the 49ers' tight ends after Vance McDonald (hip) was forced to exit in Week 3, but his own back ailment has kept him limited this week. As a result, both players are listed as questionable in advance of Sunday's contest, leaving the sparingly-used Blake Bell as San Francisco's only healthy option at the position.
McDonald (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, CSN Bay Area reports.
McDonald was limited in practice this week after picking up a hip injury in Week 3. As it stands, it's unclear if McDonald, who leads the 49ers with two receiving touchdowns, will be able to play Sunday. With teammate Garrett Celek (back) questionable as well, Blake Bell embodies San Francisco's only fully-healthy tight end heading into this weekend.
Ward (quadriceps) has ruled week-to-week on Tuesday.
Ward suffered a quad strain in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks and will leave the 49ers' secondary extra thin if he is held out for a couple weeks. Keith Reaser is expected to start in his absence as he filled in at cornerback on Sunday. Look for more updates on Ward's status to come later in the week.
Lynch has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Lynch slid to the fifth round of the 2014 Draft amid character concerns, but developed into of the league's best young outside linebackers by totaling 12.5 sacks over his first two seasons. Nonetheless, Lynch has now incurred his first NFL off-field slip-up, and will miss the first quarter of the regular season as a consequence. With Lynch suspended until San Francisco's Week 5 game against the Cardinals, Eli Harold and Corey Lemonier are candidates to start opposite Ahmad Brooks in the meantime.