The 49ers are halfway into their four-game exhibition season. But the next week figures to be a big one with the first cuts looming in a week.
SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Michael Wilhoite, who started 16 games last season, will return to practice this week after missing the first three weeks of training camp with a leg strain.
SANTA CLARA -- After a solid rookie season and the belief he would continue to get better with more experience, Bruce Ellington entered the offseason as the heavy favorite to be the 49ers’ return
SANTA CLARA – Jerome Simpson is out of the picture in the competition for the job as the 49ers’ No. 3 wide receiver for at least the first six games of the regular season.
SANTA CLARA -– The 49ers’ only proven return man will not be made available for the team’s exhibition opener against the Texans on Saturday night.