The San Francisco 49ers made the first of what will be several roster moves. The team announced that inside linebacker Nick Bellore has been placed on injured reserve, and the team has claimed linebacker Carl Bradford from the Green Bay Packers.
Bellore moved into the starting lineup after Ray-Ray Armstrong and NaVorro Bowman were both lost for the season. Bellore had previously spent all his time with the 49ers in a core special teams role. Since replacing Bowman in the lineup, he had emerged as a decent option considering the circumstances.
Michael Wilhoite and Gerald Hodges were the only healthy inside linebackers left on the roster. Hodges was deactivated on Sunday for violating an unspecified team rule. There is no word yet on his status for this Sunday against the Rams.
Here is a quick rundown on Bradford from 49ers PR:
Carl Bradford (6-1, 248) was originally drafted by the Packers in the 4th round (121st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Arizona State University. After being inactive for all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests as a rookie in 2014, he spent the entire 2015 season on Green Bay’s practice squad. Bradford appeared in the first four games of his career this season and registered two tackles on defense and one tackle on special teams.
In three years at Arizona State (2011-13), Bradford appeared in 40 games (28 starts) and registered 154 tackles, 21.5 sacks, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He earned All-Pac-12 honors as a sophomore (Honorable Mention) and junior (First-Team).