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Ex-Boise State RB McNichols could make his NFL debut Sunday

Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols (13) looks for an opening against the Baylor defense in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl on Dec. 27, 2016 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.
Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols (13) looks for an opening against the Baylor defense in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl on Dec. 27, 2016 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. doswald@idahostatesman.com

An unusually twisty rookie year could end on a positive note for former Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols.

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday that they are promoting McNichols from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. It is the first time he will be eligible to play in an NFL game. The 49ers play at the Bears at 11 a.m. MT Sunday.

McNichols was drafted in the fifth round in April by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He seemed poised for a role this season but struggled in training camp. In four games, he rushed 24 times for 79 yards and didn’t have a reception

He was cut by the team in early September, but General Manager Jason Licht said on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” he wanted McNichols back on the practice squad. Instead, McNichols took an offer from the 49ers, prompting Licht to say, “If he’s going to mope and complain ... we don’t want that kind of s--- anyway.”

On a practice squad, the minimum weekly salary is $7,200, while a rookie minimum game check is approximately $29,000.

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