McNichols was waived by the Colts on Tuesday.
McNichols recorded two carries for four yards with Indianapolis this season, and has not logged a carry in three straight games. The former fifth-round pick will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers, and look to earn a depth role elsewhere in the league.
McNichols had two carries for four yards and played two snaps on offense in Sunday's loss to Houston.
It was surprising that he played at all after being promoted from the practice squad on Friday. He got some time with Marlon Mack out with a hamstring injury. However, McNichols likely won't be needed next week with Robert Turbin set to return in Week 5 from a suspension.
McNichols will likely serve as a special teams option for the Colts, and is unlikely to log a significant amount of carries behind Marlon Mack, Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines. The second-year running back is expected to suit up against the Texans on Sunday.
McNichols inked a deal to join the Colts' practice squad Tuesday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
McNichols was originally signed to Indianapolis' practice squad on Sept. 3 before being waived 10 days later. The 22-year-old running back will look to provide depth to a young Colts' backfield if promoted to the active roster.
McNichols was cut during Saturday's roster trimming, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports.
McNichols gained some steam when he received first-team reps earlier this preseason, but veteran Alfred Morris' outshined the 22-year-old down the stretch. Jerick McKinnon (knee) has been ruled out for the 2018 season, so McNichols could either be re-signed for depth or added to the 49ers' practice squad if he clears waivers. Matt Breida and Morris appear to be the atop the adjusted running back depth chart.
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