49ers’ promote OLB Chase Thomas to active 53-man roster



The San Francisco 49ers today announced OLB Chase Thomas has been activated to the 53-man roster. A roster spot that was made available once the team released DE Demarcus Dobbs just four days ago, Thomas will now likely fill-in for OLB Dan Skuta who has been dealing with a sprained left ankle in last week’s loss to the St. Louis Rams. However, he won’t be starting as rookie fifth-round pick (No. 150) OLB Aaron Lynch should get the starting nod in Skuta’s place.

Originally an undrafted rookie free-agent last season, Thomas bounced around a few teams including the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and now 49ers. The Stanford product is now looking for redemption against the Saints as he said, “Plus, I started in New Orleans. It would be extra motivation if I got a chance to play in this game. It would be pretty sweet.”

The itch that Thomas may be activated to the 53-man roster was given by 49ers CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco as he said via facebook, “I just wrote this on Twitter, but I thought I’d share here too:

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh takes a lot of pride in never going “off the record” with reporters. He has often said anything he says is open season for reporters. But it almost happened today.

He and I were chatting today after his press conference. We talked about a few different things, and then I asked him about some of the practice-squad players. He told me that OLB Chase Thomas is doing very well.

Then, he said the 49ers might promote Thomas to 53-man roster for Sunday’s game. But he said, “Keep that on the down low.”

I told him how excited I was that he’d finally gone off the record with me. It was a first. But he said he did not want the streak to end. So, he insisting that I report what he had told me and wanted to make sure the comment was attributed to him.

With the 49ers needing healthy bodies, Thomas may just get his wish as he should be activated for tomorrow’s game.

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