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49ers activate Nick Bellore off Active/Illness list

The San Francisco 49ers welcomed back a player off the injury list. Nick Bellore has been activated from the Illness list, and returns to practice immediately. We break down what it means.

The San Francisco 49ers have made a roster move, activating linebacker Nick Bellore off the Active/Illness list. He can return to practice immediately, and would seemingly be available for Sunday's preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. He stayed in Santa Clara last weekend, but Jim Tomsula had said he was close to coming back at that point.

Bellore is listed as a linebacker, but is essentially a special teams player exclusively. During his time with the New York Jets last season, Bellore worked with new 49ers special teams coach Thomas McGaughey. That is somewhat similar to how Blake Costanzo was a Brad Seely guy from their time in Cleveland. It would seem to benefit Bellore's roster opportunities, but nothing is for certain. McGaughey will likely make his suggestions, but Trent Baalke & Co. will make the final decisions.

I have avoided making a decision with Bellore on my 53-man roster projections. Now that he is healthy, this might make it even more likely that Craig Dahl does not make the roster. Of course, this also depends on how the team feels about L.J. McCray, Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt. If one of those three can be a capable reserve at safety, as well as handle special teams, the team might be comfortable releasing Dahl. This could effectively turn the roster competition into McCray vs. Dahl, or potentially McCray vs. Dahl vs. Bellore for one or two spots.