Taumoepenu was promoted to the active roster Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
It's unlikely Taumoepenu will break onto the scene much during the last month of the season, but there's a potential to make a strong impression among the coaching staff. The Utah product appeared in two games for the 49ers during his rookie season in 2017.
Taumoepenu (ankle) practiced without limitations Wednesday.
The rookie sixth-round pick is in line for his NFL debut Sunday against the Colts. However, he's projected to only be used as a depth linebacker and special teams man.
Taumoepenu (ankle) was listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
The rookie sixth-round pick provided depth in a banged up linebacking corps. However, Taumoepenu isn't projected to be used much outside of special teams duties.
The 49ers selected Taumoepenu in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 202nd overall.
This looks like a pure depth grab here with San Francisco already loaded along the front four. That said, Taumoepenu has some athleticism, notching a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash. He is undersized, even at defensive end, checking in at 6-foot-1 and just 243 pounds. His lack of size coupled with San Francisco's depth up front means that it could be awhile before Taumoepenu sees the field.
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