Inactive but on the 53 is little different than the practice squad, except that it better protects the investment on the positive side and probably requires cutting someone ineligible for the PS on the negative. Cutting down to the 53 is hard enough but also considering who sits week to week is a headache.
Harbaugh said that Okoye needs to make the team as a position player perhaps because the coaches feel for team morale Okoye needs to pay his dues as a football player. That means taking the hardest road to the 53 by beating out other players for a spot. Still, the last spot on the DL is probably going to be inactive.
Can the Niners pull another IR mystery for Okoye?