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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.”

49ers' rookie Marcell Harris gets quick chance for redemption vs. Seahawks

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49ers' rookie Marcell Harris gets quick chance for redemption vs. Seahawks

SANTA CLARA – Marcell Harris never lost sight of his goal, even after sustaining a torn Achilles in July of 2017 that wiped out his senior season at Florida.

He was asked to identify the most difficult part about missing a whole season?

“Missing a whole season,” he answered. “That was the hardest part. I’m a player. I love ball. Any time I get on the field, I give my all, all the time.”

His path to the NFL was not ideal, yet the 49ers selected the strong safety in the sixth round of this year’s draft. But a hamstring injury during training camp set him back even further. He did not play any games in the preseason and landed on injured reserve for the first eight games of the regular season.

After slowing working back into the mix on special teams, Harris earned his first start in Week 13 at Seattle. It was a game of ups and downs – mostly downs – as he missed three tackles in the 49ers’ 43-16 loss.

“There was some stuff where I kind of got out of place on sometimes,” Harris said. “But at the same time, I made some mistakes and made up for them in big ways the next week.”

Harris bounced back strong in the 49ers’ 20-14 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. He recorded seven tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage.

[RELATED: 49ers injury report: Jaquiski Tartt, K'Waun Williams remain sidelined]

His biggest sequence came midway through the fourth quarter as the 49ers were holding onto a 13-point lead. On a third-and-2 from the 49ers’ 21-yard line, Harris stopped Denver running back Royce Freeman for a 1-yard loss. On fourth down, Case Keenum threw to Phillip Lindsay, and Harris brought him down 2 yards shy of the first down.

“It was a team defensive effort,” Harris said. “Those plays were big in the game. But at the same time, we had to finish and that’s what we did.”

While his own injuries impacted the start of Harris’ NFL career, his rise to the starting lineup has been a result of a rash of injuries in the 49ers’ defensive backfield.

Adrian Colbert (high ankle sprain) and Jimmie Ward (fractured forearm) are on injured reserve. Jaquiski Tartt, who opened the season at strong safety, has missed time with a shoulder injury. Tartt moved to free safety for the game in Seattle to allow Harris to play his natural position.

[RELATED: Richard Sherman's 'middle of the road' diss irks ex-Seahawks teammate]

Just two weeks after making his starting debut against the Seahawks, Harris is back preparing for the rematch. There is plenty of room for improvement. The Seahawks averaged 5.8 yards per rushing attempt while gaining 168 yards on the ground, and quarterback Russell Wilson threw for four touchdowns.

“I’m going to redeem myself with tackling, most definitely,” Harris said. “The first game I came out of, I felt like I didn’t do well. From here on out, that’s one of my biggest keys. Keep moving forward and keep stacking these games on top of each other.”

49ers injury report: Jaquiski Tartt, K'Waun Williams remain sidelined

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49ers injury report: Jaquiski Tartt, K'Waun Williams remain sidelined

SANTA CLARA – Defensive backs Jaquiski Tartt and K’Waun Williams remained out of practice Wednesday, as the 49ers began preparations to face the Seattle Seahawks.

Tartt (shoulder) and Williams (knee) sustained injuries in the 49ers’ Dec. 2 game at Seattle. Both players were inactive in the 49ers’ 20-14 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Defensive lineman Cassius Marsh also did not practice, as he remains in the NFL’s return-to-play protocol after sustaining a concussion on Sunday. Marsh was evaluated for a concussion the following day.

Linebacker and special-teams player Mark Nzeocha did not practice due to a groin injury.

Running back Matt Breida (ankle) returned to limited practice on Wednesday. He was inactive against the Broncos.

Offensive linemen Weston Richburg (knee) and Laken Tomlinson (hip), defensive tackle D.J. Jones (back), and linebacker Malcolm Smith (Achilles) were limited.

49ers practice report

WEDNESDAY
Did not practice
DE Cassius Marsh (concussion)
LB Mark Nzeocha (groin)
T Joe Staley (not injury related)
S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)
CB K'Waun Williams (knee)

Limited practice
RB Matt Breida (ankle)
DT D.J. Jones (back)
C Weston Richburg (knee),
LB Malcolm Smith (achilles)
G Laken Tomlinson (hip)