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Michael Wilhoite to return to practice Thursday, Carlos Hyde, Garrett Celek sitting out

We've got the latest on the 49ers expected practice participation report for Thursday.

The San Francisco 49ers are returning to practice on Thursday, and head coach Jim Tomsula said linebacker Michael Wilhoite will be back on the field. He sat out Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury, but it appears the absence was mostly preventative. The 49ers will release their injury report later this afternoon, at which point we will find out if Wilhoite is a limited participant or full participant today.

Tomsula also said that Carlos Hyde and Garrett Celek will sit out practice again. He would not go into further detail on either player, but it is safe to say neither will play this Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Celek suffered an ankle injury last week, and Tomsula has repeatedly described it as a high ankle sprain. Such a sprain generally leads to a multi-game absence, so expectations should probably be set accordingly with Celek.

Hyde remains sidelined with his foot injury. The team does not seem to really need an extra roster spot quite yet, but if Daniel Kilgore gets activated in the next week, one option to clear space would be putting Hyde on IR. Kilgore remains on the PUP list, and Jim Tomsula said the team has not made a decision yet with regard to his status. He will get more practice reps Thursday and Friday, and the team will decide from there.