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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 vs. Rams live: Score, highlights, analysis on NFL Week 7 game

49ers vs. Rams live: Score, highlights, analysis on NFL Week 7 game

FINAL, Rams 39-10: A nightmare day for the 49ers, who fall to 1-6 with a flat performance against their juggernaut NFC West rivals. The Rams are unbeaten in seven games and have to be considered Super Bowl favorites out of the NFC. Come back to NBC Sports Bay Area for full reaction to the loss.

Fourth quarter, 3:24, Rams 39-10: C.J. Beathard and the 49ers’ offense go six-and-out, as his fourth-down pass sails out of the back corner of the end zone. L.A. ball at its own 18. Expect the Rams to run out the clock and end this thing.

Fourth quarter, 5:20, Rams 39-10: Mark Nzeocha partially blocks the Rams’ punt, giving the 49ers the ball at the L.A. 37. One of the few highlights in this game for San Francisco.

C.J. Beathard remains in the game at quarterback, with this interesting stat something to consider.

Fourth quarter, 9:12, Rams 39-10: Another Aaron Donald sack of C.J. Beathard ends another 49ers drive, if you can call it that.

The punt puts the Rams at their own 15, and Sean Mannion is in for mop-up duty at QB.

Fourth quarter, 11:35, Rams 39-10: The 49ers actually move backward, nearly give up another safety, then punt the ball away from their own 3.

JoJo Natson nearly takes the ball back there, returning the punt to the 49ers’ 13, where the Rams have first-and-10.

Two plays later, Jared Goff hits Todd Gurley -- he’s pretty good -- on a touchdown pass. An L.A. win is just academic at this point.

Meanwhile, the 49ers have more injury concerns.

Fourth quarter, 13:44, Rams 32-10: L.A. falls way short on third-and-19, thanks to Fred Warner’s in-pursuit tackle of Robert Woods.

The Rams punt, giving the 49ers the ball at their own 9.

End of the third quarter, Rams 32-10: Arik Armstead’s sack of Jared Goff ends the quarter, and the Rams will pick it up with third-and-19 at the 49ers' 40.

Third quarter, 2:37, Rams 32-10: Robbie Gould connects on a 51-yard field goal to salvage points on a drive that looked promising until C.J. Beathard was swarmed on a third-down sack.

Third quarter, 6:04, Rams 32-7: Todd Gurley rans into the end zone from 1 yard out, and the rout is on.

Just 18 minutes left for the 49ers to make it look respectable after they essentially handed the game to the Rams.

Third quarter, 6:59, Rams 25-7: C.J. Beathard throws a pass slightly behind George Kittle, who juggles the ball and nearly catches it, but it bounces to Rams safety John Johnson, who makes the interception.

San Francisco’s fourth turnover of the game puts L.A. at the 49ers’ 33.

Third quarter, 8:06, Rams 25-7: Greg Zuerlein hits a 32-yard field goal, and the Rams stretch their lead after an 11-play, 55-yard drive.

Third quarter, 11:00, Rams 22-7: 49ers safety Adrian Colbert suffers an apparent serious leg injury while trying for an interception, and he’s carted off the field.

Third quarter, 12:52, Rams 22-7: C.J. Beathard takes a first-down sack (by Aaron Donald -- who else?), and the 49ers can’t recover, so they go three-and-out.

A punt, plus two penalties, puts the Rams at their own 25.

Third quarter, 15:00, Rams 22-7: The Rams' second half-opening kickoff sails into the end zone for a touchback, and the 49ers will start at their own 25.

Halftime, Rams 22-7: The Rams return the kickoff, then take a knee, and they go into the locker room with the lead, albeit not a completely comfortable one.

Second quarter, :10, Rams 22-7: George Kittle grabs a 10-yard C.J. Beathard pass that’s ruled a touchdown upon review. Kittle’s momentum took his out of the end zone, but he possessed the ball across the goal line before coming out, hence the ruling.

The Beathard-to-Kittle connection worked well that entire drive for the 49ers, as the QB and tight end also hooked up on passes for 35 and 23 yards.

The 49ers amazingly are still in this game, as they'll receive the second-half kickoff.

Second quarter, 2:30, Rams 22-0: Brandin Cooks shakes Ahkello Witherspoon on a post-corner route and grabs Jared Goff’s pass for a 19-yard touchdown.

It's getting ugly fast at Levi's.

Second quarter, 6:17, Rams 15-0: C.J. Beathard does a good thing -- running for a first down on third-and-10 -- and follows its with a bad thing -- throwing an interception to Rams cornerback Troy Hill.

The Rams now have the ball at their 40. Also, it's time to go to the 49ers turnover board …

Second quarter, 10:05, Rams 15-0: Greg Zuerlein kicks a 37-yard field goal after the 49ers’ defense bows up in the red zone.

Amazingly, it’s just a two-score game.

Second quarter, 12:59, Rams 12-0: The Rams block Bradley Pinion’s punt, and the ball bounces out of the end zone for a safety.

Cory Littleton, who swatted the kick, has two blocked punts and one punt deflection this season. He also had two blocked punts last season.

Our Matt Maiocco says it all for 49ers fans with this tweet.

The blocked punt comes one play after Aaron Donald blasted -- and we mean blasted -- C.J. Beathard on a third-down pass play.

Beathard fumbled the first-down snap, too, nearly giving the 49ers their third turnover in just 16 minutes of play. It’s all going wrong for San Francisco.

Second quarter, 14:23, Rams 10-0: Todd Gurley cashes in the turnover for an L.A. touchdown, as he darts 8 yards up the middle.

Gurley now has 12 TDs on the season. The 49ers have 15 as a team.

End of the first quarter, Rams 3-0: Not much to say so far in this one. The 49ers’ three drives have gone fumble, punt, fumble.

Not ideal.

First quarter, 1:00, Rams 3-0: Annnnd Matt Brieda fumbles the ball on his first carry back from his injury. Aaron Donald recovers it for L.A. at the 49ers’ 21.

First quarter, 1:13, Rams 3-0: Jared Goff overthrows his receiver on third down, and the ball goes right to Jaquiski Tartt -- who drops it. Missed opportunity at a big play.

The Rams punt on the next play, and the 49ers take over at their own 12.

Better news: Matt Breida is back on the field.

First quarter, 2:39, Rams 3-0: No one picks up Rams linebacker Cory Littleton on a third-down blitz at the 27, and he sacks C.J. Beathard to take the 49ers out of field-goal range.

It also spoiled a great drive Raheem Mostert, who has been pressed into duty with Matt Breida hurt. Mostert ripped off a 15-yard run, a 23-yard catch-and-run, and an 11-yard run to get San Francisco into L.A. territory.

Bradley Pinion’s punt gives the Rams the ball at their own 12.

First quarter, 6:34, Rams 3-0: Greg Zuerlein drills a 35-yard field goal, and L.A. has the lead.

Todd Gurley dropped a third-down pass, and had he caught it, it appeared he had room to run for the first down.

If the 49ers are to stay in this game, they need to halt this turnover streak.

First quarter, 9:58, 0-0: C.J. Beathard is hit as he throws, and Rams linebacker Trevon Young lunges for the loose ball, giving L.A. possession at the 49ers’ 44.

Short field for Jared Goff and Co.

We also have an injury update on 49ers running back Matt Breida ...

First quarter, 12:32, 0-0: First play on offense, and there’s already bad news concerning 49ers running back Matt Brieda.

First quarter, 12:58, 0-0: The Rams receive the opening kickoff but can’t do much with their first possession, as Jared Goff fumbles the snap on third-and-1 from the 34 and recovers it.

After the Rams punt, it's 49ers ball at their own 30.

1:22 p.m.: You know what time is it? Game time …

1:09 p.m.: The 49ers take the field looking niiiiiiice …

12:55 p.m.: How’d you like to see this QB-receiver connection in a game?

12:50 p.m.: Well, you won't miss the Rams on the field with their all-gold get-ups.

12:35 p.m.: The 49ers are playing tribute to the 1994 Super Bowl-winning team with these slick threads.

Marquise Goodwin likes them so much that he just to dance.

12:30 p.m.: Time to join Greg Papa, Therese Vinal, Jeff Garcia and Donte Whitner for 49ers Pregame Live. Download the MyTeams by NBC Sports app using the link below to watch on your mobile device, or turn to NBC Sports Bay Area on your TV.

12:12 p.m.: 49ers punter Bradley Pinion evidently has a good arm …

If he really wanted to show off, though, he’d throw the ball toward Jerry Rice, who’s taking care of fans’ autograph requests on the field.

11:58 a.m.: Welp, Richard Sherman won't be on the field for the 49ers today because of his calf injury.

11:45 a.m.: If you're not already watching, check out "49ers First Look" with Matt Maiocco, Jennifer Lee Chan and Donte Whitner on our Facebook page. Link below.

9:54 a.m.: Coming off a big game against the Packers, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is someone you need to keep an eye  Sunday, according to Matt Maiocco. Here are his three other players to watch.

9:45 a.m.: Statues of Dwight Clark and Joe Montana commemorating "The Catch" were unveiled by the 49ers at the ceremony outside Levi's Stadium Gate A this morning.

As Ray Ratto writes, the statue of Clark comes at the right time.

9:28am: It's been a short week for the 49ers as they take on the Rams six days after losing a heartbreaker to the Packers.

Despite one less day to get ready, three players who were listed as questionable Friday reportedly will play Sunday at Levi's Stadium.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, wide receiver Pierre Garcon and cornerbacks K'Waun Williams and Ahkello Witherspoon all are expected to play against the Rams. Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman will be a game-time decision because of a calf injury.

Programming note: Greg Papa, Jeff Garcia, Donte Whitner and Therese Vinal get you set for the game with 49ers Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming live on the MyTeams App by NBC Sports. After the game, tune back in for 49ers Postgame Live!

49ers takeaways: What we learned in 39-10 loss to Rams

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49ers takeaways: What we learned in 39-10 loss to Rams

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SANTA CLARA -- Just six days after suffering a dramatic, agonizing defeat, there was very little drama as the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game Sunday.

Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes, and Todd Gurley ran for two scores, as the Los Angeles Rams remained the NFL’s only unbeaten team with a 39-10 victory over the turnover-prone 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

The Rams improved to 7-0, while the 49ers fall to 1-6.

The game was a stark contrast to the 49ers’ game Monday night in Green Bay, where they let a late lead slip away in a 33-30 loss to the Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. On Sunday, the 49ers simply were blown away.

Here are three takeaways from a game that again featured a disastrous number of 49ers’ giveaways:

Giving away any chance at victory

The Rams are one of the NFL's more talented teams, so the 49ers needed to play a near-perfect game to have any hope of an upset. Certainly, the 49ers would have given themselves a chance with a favorable turnover margin.

But the 49ers have been the worst team in the league when it comes to giving away the ball. And, on defense, they’ve been the worst at taking it away.

The team’s futility at taking care of the football was on full display against the Rams. The 49ers committed three turnovers in the first half, and Los Angeles cashed in on those miscues with 17 points.

C.J. Beathard and Matt Breida lost fumbles, and Beathard threw a second-quarter interception on a pass intended for Marquise Goodwin. On the flip side, 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt allowed a rare Jared Goff ill-advised pass to slip through his hands in the first quarter.

Beathard threw an interception in the second half, as the Rams cashed in another touchdown. The Rams scored 24 points off turnovers and added another five points with a safety and a field goal after the ensuring free kick.

Since Antone Exum opened the Sept. 30 game with an interception return for a touchdown against Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, the 49ers have committed 14 turnovers without a takeaway.

Coming off a solid showing Monday in Green Bay, Beathard completed 15 of 27 passes for 170 yards with one TD and two interceptions this time. He was sacked seven times -- four times by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald -- and lost a fumble.

Short-handed in the secondary

The 49ers’ starting cornerbacks in Week 6 were not available Sunday because of injuries. Richard Sherman was inactive with a calf injury, and Jimmie Ward was held out with a hamstring strain.

The injuries continued for 49ers defensive backs Sunday when Adrian Colbert sustained a lower right leg injury in the third quarter. He did not return, though the injury appeared it was not as serious as originally feared, as Colbert returned to the sideline.

Rookie D.J. Reed replaced Colbert. In the first half, Reed took over at nickel back for several plays when K’Waun Williams appeared to aggravate a shoulder injury. Williams was listed as questionable for the game on the 49ers’ official injury report.

The 49ers started Ahkello Witherspoon and Greg Mabin at cornerback in place of Sherman and Ward. Witherspoon was cleared through the league’s concussion protocol after sustaining a head injury upon colliding with Mabin on the Packers’ game-winning field goal on the final play of regulation last Monday.

Bringing 49ers of the past together

The 49ers' highlight of the day occurred four hours before kickoff when the team unveiled statues of Dwight Clark and Joe Montana outside Gate A at Levi’s Stadium to commemorate “The Catch.”

The ceremony was in conjunction with a reunion of the 49ers’ last Super Bowl-winning team, which came following the 1994 season. Former coach George Seifert spoke at halftime and was lifted into the air by some of the players after concluding his speech.

Many 49ers greats of all generations -- including Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, Steve Young and Terrell Owens -- were in attendance.

On Saturday night, three former 49ers -- Brent Jones, John Taylor and Steve Wallace -- addressed the current team.