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.”