49ers activate WR Victor Bolden, waive Tyvius Powell, Najee Toran

49ers activate WR Victor Bolden, waive Tyvius Powell, Najee Toran

Wide receiver Victor Bolden, who returned to the 49ers this week after serving a four-game suspension, was elevated to the team’s 53-man roster on Saturday.

The 49ers waived defensive back Tyvius Powell and offensive lineman Najee Toran to clear a spot on the roster for Bolden, who becomes eligible to play in the game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.

Along with Bolden being activated, the team also promoted defensive lineman Ryan Delaire from the practice squad.

Delaire, 26, played 15 games for the Carolina Panthers in 2015 and '16 and recorded 3.5 sacks. Delaire (6 foot 4, 260 pounds) spent training camp this summer with Indianapolis before the 49ers signed him to their practiice squad on Sept. 26.

The addition of Bolden comes at a time when 49ers need more depth at wide receiver. Dante Pettis (knee) unavailable due to a hamstring injury and Marquise Goodwin is considered 50-50 for Sunday's game with hamstring and quadriceps issues.

Bolden made the 49ers last season as an undrafted rookie from Oregon State after scoring touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns during the preseason. He did not catch any passes in his nine games, but he was the team’s leading kick returner with a 20.8 average on 19 returns.

The NFL announced in June that Bolden would serve a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Bolden took responsibility for the violation but said he unknowingly took a supplement that included a banned substance. Sources said the team believed Bolden’s explanation and fully supported him.

"Victor made an unintentional mistake, but learned a valuable lesson," 49ers general manager John Lynch said at the time the suspension was announced.

“I appreciate all the support they gave me,” Bolden told NBC Sports Bay Area this week. “It was a tough situation and I’m glad it’s over with.”

Jimmy Garoppolo 'worst practice quarterback we've had,' Patriots analyst says

Jimmy Garoppolo 'worst practice quarterback we've had,' Patriots analyst says

Jimmy Garoppolo had a rough 2019 preseason debut for the 49ers. That followed a horrid day at practice, where the quarterback threw interceptions on five consecutive plays. 

While Garoppolo's issues might be chalked up to rust after he spent almost a year rehabbing from a torn ACL, what if there's another answer?

As you're aware, Garoppolo spent the first three-plus seasons of his career with the New England Patriots. Garoppolo often is a topic of conversation in the Boston sports media scene, and his struggles in the 49ers' preseason game against the Broncos (1-for-6 passing for 0 yards with an interception), were discussed on the Patriots' radio broadcast Thursday night. 

Patriots color man Scott Zolak dropped a little knowledge -- or baseless gossip -- about Garoppolo's time in New England, and it might explains his issues so far with the 49ers. 

Garoppolo's poor practices apparently have been whispered about around the NFL.

As Pro Football Focus' Kevin Cole noted, this wouldn't jive with the number of stories that came out after the trade about coach Bill Belichick's displeasure with having to trade Garoppolo. 

Poor practice habits are not tolerated at 1 Patriot Place. Regardless of talent, if a player doesn't practice correctly, he isn't there long. 

Is Garoppolo a poor practice QB? Is it due to a lack of effort? Lack of talent? Is Zolak full of it? Money is on the last one.

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Garoppolo will look to bounce back in the 49ers' next preseason game, which is Saturday night against the Chiefs. Continued struggles only will make the whispers grow louder as it pertains to the 49ers signal-caller's overall ability and practice habits. 

49ers' Richard Sherman doesn't care Michael Crabtree signed with Cardinals


49ers' Richard Sherman doesn't care Michael Crabtree signed with Cardinals

Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree have a bit of a history.

As you know, in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, Sherman deflected a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Crabtree into the arms of Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, ending the 49ers' chances of winning the conference. Sherman then gave the choke sign to both Kaepernick and Crabtree.

Sherman also had some words for Crabtree after he tried to shake the receiver's hand and Crabtree pushed him in the face. Then came the infamous Erin Andrews sideline interview in which Sherman called out Crabtree for being a sub-par player.

That brings us to Wednesday. 

Crabtree signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, meaning, of course, Sherman would have two more games of going up against his rival. 

But the 49ers cornerback couldn’t care less about Crabtree. 

“I haven’t seen that man in six years — five, six years,” Sherman said Thursday, via The Athletic. “I don’t have any feeling either way towards him. When I see him, you know, there’s going to be a competition. I’m going to look to win. Otherwise, I don’t really give a damn.”

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Sherman and the 49ers' defense have looked locked in during the preseason, and figure to be one of the best units in the conference, while Crabtree joins the Kliff Kingsbury Air Raid system hoping to become one of rookie quarterback Kyler Murray's favored targets. 

As for the beef with Crabtree, Sherman is sick of rehashing old news. 

“Oh, I’ve talked about it several times,” Sherman said of the time Crabtree tried to fight him at a charity event. “And he knows what was behind it. That’s all that really matters.”

The 49ers and Cardinals first meet on Halloween. Get your popcorn.