Purcell got a surprise start at defensive end in place of the injured Glenn Dorsey (knee), finishing the game with three tackles (two solo) and his first career sack in the loss to the Cardinals. It was generally expected that rookie Arik Armstead would slide into the starting lineup once Dorsey was ruled out for the season, but Purcell - a natural nose tackle - was given the nod. He played well in his first career start at defensive end, so he may continue to see time down the stretch.
The 49ers signed nose tackle Mike Purcell off the practice squad Friday, the team announced. He has been on the team's practice squad since the beginning of the 2013 season.
The 49ers signed seven players to their practice squad: offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, tight end Asante Cleveland, receiver Lance Lewis, defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, nose tackle Mike Purcell and linebackers Shayne Skov and Chase Thomas.
The 49ers made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.Among those moves was the placement of cornerback Kenneth Acker and fullback Will Tukuafu on the injured reserve list.San Francisco cut the following players: T Carter Bykowski, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Lance Lewis, LS Kevin McDermott, CB Darryl Morris, G Al Netter, DL Lawrence Okoye, WR Kassim Osgood, T Michael Philipp, NT Mike Purcell, G Ryan Seymour, LB Shayne Skov, RB Alfonso Smith, G Adam Snyder, S C.J. Spillman, LB Chase Thomas, S Raymond Ventrone, WR L'Damian Washington and RB Glenn Winston.
The 49ers signed guard Al Netter, offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, receiver Chuck Jacobs, defensive tackle Mike Purcell and cornerback Dax Swanson to reserve/futures contracts, enabling them to participate in the offseason program.