The NFL on Thursday suspended 49ers rookie tight end Chase Harrell six games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Harrell signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Arkansas. He had a good showing during training camp to earn a spot on the team’s 16-player practice squad.
Players on the practice squad earn $8,400 a week. Harrell was suspended without pay.
Harrell is eligible for reinstatement on Friday, Nov. 6, following the 49ers’ Week 9 game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Harrell played two college seasons at Kansas as a wide receiver, catching 30 passes for 302 yards and five touchdowns. He played his final two seasons at Arkansas, appearing in just four games. He moved to tight end as a senior.
The 49ers this week signed tight end Daniel Helm off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad with veteran tight end Jordan Reed expected to miss six to eight weeks with a knee sprain.