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Michael Wilhoite, Gerald Hodges, Ray-Ray Armstrong to split ILB practice reps next to NaVorro Bowman

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Defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil provided some clarity about the 49ers competition at inside linebacker.

Last week, Gerald Hodges was the starting inside linebacker next to NaVorro Bowman. It turns out the team will be rotating players alongside Bowman throughout OTAs. Defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil met with the media on Wednesday, and he said the team would split up reps between Hodges, Michael Wilhoite, and Ray-Ray Armstrong.

The 49ers have nine days of OTAs, and are currently on day five. According to O'Neil, the three inside linebackers are each getting three days with the first team defense. The 49ers claimed Armstrong off waivers late last November, and signed him to a new one-year deal this offseason. Wilhoite started last season as the ILB, but suffered a high ankle sprain, and was replaced by Hodges the final four games.

This removes Shayne Skov and Nick Bellore from any conversation, which is not surprising. But will be interesting to see who works with the first team during mandatory minicamp, and then who has the starting role when training camp gets going. I think Hodges ends up winning the job, but Armstrong is a bit of a wild card in this situation.