The San Francisco 49ers have until 1 p.m. PT today to make a decision regarding fullback Trey Millard and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey. The two rookies opened the season on the NFI and PUP list, respectively, but had their practice windows activated on November 11. Their 21-day practice windows expire today, which means the 49ers have to decide whether to activate them to the 53-man roster, place them on season-ending IR, or release them.
Given the 49ers depth along the defensive line, my guess is Kaleb Ramsey will see his season ended. Behind Justin Smith and Ray McDonald, the 49ers have Tony Jerod-Eddie and Tank Carradine serving as the primary backups. Additionally, Glenn Dorsey is continuing his rehab back from a biceps injury. It is possible they could shut down Dorsey and activate Ramsey, but with the playoffs still a possibility, that seems rather unlikely for now.
Millard is a tougher one to figure out. The hope is that he contribute fairly significantly on special teams. The 49ers promoted Asante Cleveland from the practice squad, and he only played special teams on Sunday. I initially thought that was a bad sign for Millard this season, but given all the tight end injuries, I realized it made sense to have Cleveland as an emergency option. If they are comfortable with Vance McDonald's hip, they would waive Cleveland and try and get him back to the practice squad. In that case, they would have an open roster spot. Maybe Millard gets that spot?