Matt Maiocco is reporting that San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs has officially been reinstated from the team's reserve/suspended list. Per Maiocco, the 49ers have been granted a one-day roster exemption to determine who they will release from the roster. With Dobbs back, the team currently has 54 players on their active roster.
Dobbs was suspended for his DUI incident last fall. Through the preseason, he appeared to join Glenn Dorsey as the primary backups behind Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. Last season, Dobbs primarily focused on special teams. He got some defensive snaps, and the team tried to train him up as a tight end, but special teams was his primary role, and in fact, he led the team in special teams snaps before he got hurt.
In cutting down to 53 players, the 49ers held on to Tony Jerod-Eddie and Will Tukuafu. If the 49ers snap count report is any indication, Tukuafu would seem to be the likely cut candidate. TJE earned three defensive snaps and four special teams snaps on Sunday, while Tukuafu was deactivated. The team might have simply wanted to see what TJE brings to the table, but Tukuafu's deactivation cannot bode well for his roster status. The 49ers will likely make an announcement on the roster spot between now and the close of business tomorrow.