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49ers waive LS Kyle Nelson; sign Taybor Pepper

The 49ers also placed LB Mark Nzeocha on the IR and opened the practice window for Deebo Samuel

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The San Francisco 49ers today announced they had signed TE Daniel Helm, who will wear number 88, from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad to a one-year deal and signed LS Taybor Pepper to a one-year deal. In order to make room on the roster, the team placed LB Mark Nzeocha on the Injured Reserve List and waived LS Kyle Nelson. The team also opened the practice window for WR Deebo Samuel, who was placed on the Injured Reserve List on September 12, 2020. Matt Barrows of The Athletic tweeted that the 49ers also added CB Jamar Taylor to the practice squad. He spent training camp with the 49ers and would presumably take the place of K’Wuan Williams, who is battling a hip injury.

In addition, the team signed OL Cody Conway and TE Charlie Taumoepeau (DOW-moy-pay-ow) to the team’s practice squad. The team also released OL William Sweet from the practice squad.

Pepper (6-4, 245) originally entered the NFL after signing with the Green Bay Packers to a Reserve/Future contract on January 27, 2017. He appeared in four games for Green Bay in 2017 prior to being placed on the Injured Reserve List on November 3, 2017. He later signed a Reserve/Future contract with the New York Giants on December 31, 2018, and was waived by the Giants on August 31, 2019. Pepper signed with the Miami Dolphins on September 2, 2019, where he appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins. Miami waived him on May 27, 2020.

Pepper will wear number 46.

Conway (6-6, 307) originally entered the NFL after signing with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 10, 2019. He was waived/injured by the Titans on August 16, 2019, and later signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad on November 26, 2019. After signing a Reserve/Future contract with the Packers on January 21, 2020, the team was waived on September 6.

Taumoepeau (6-2, 245) originally entered the NFL after signing with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 27, 2020. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 2 and later signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad on September 8. The Colts released him on September 22.