Ahead of their season opener with the Chicago Bears, the 49ers made a pair of roster moves, activating two players from the practice squad.
Per the team, the following players have been activated (standard elevation):
Pos. Number Name
S 31 Tashaun Gipson Sr.
WR 17 Malik Turner
If the 49ers had retained six wide receivers, Turner assuredly would have been the sixth.
The Illinois product has serious speed and is a relentless special teams player, who also impressed in a receiving role in camp. His activation indicates he may be relied upon in a special teams role, which could be a significant in a matchup with former 49ers special teams coach Richard Hightower, who’s now with the Bears.
Gipson Sr., meanwhile, faced the 49ers last year in Chicago as a member of the Bears.
The former Pro Bowl safety wasn’t given a 53-man roster spot but has discernibly impressed the team, and appears he will get a shot on Sunday.
It would not be a surprise if Gipson were to start on Sunday.
Starting safety Talanoa Hufanga told KNBR this week that, “being right next to [Gipson] in the box has definitely been a plus.”
SF kicks off against the Bears at 10 a.m. PT.