So it seems with the addition of Harper to groom in an H-Back role, we have a new bubble guy in Celek. Let's try and figure out who our 53 will be after the PUP guys return.
PUP/Designated IR Guys
Returning from Suspension
On the Bubble (in bold)
Quarterbacks (3): Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, B.J. Daniels
Running backs/fullback (5): Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon, Bruce Miller
Wide receivers (5): Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Marlon Moore, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin
Tight ends (3): Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Chris Harper
Offensive linemen (8): Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Adam Snyder, Daniel Kilgore, Joe Looney
Defensive linemen (6): Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Ian Williams, Glenn Dorsey, Will Tukuafu, Tony Jerod-Eddie
Outside linebackers (5): Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Corey Lemonier, Dan Skuta
Inside linebackers (5): Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody, Nate Stupar
Cornerbacks (5): Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Nnamdi Asomugha, Tramaine Brock, Perrish Cox
Safeties (5): Donte Whitner, Eric Reid, Craig Dahl, C.J. Spillman, Bubba Ventrone
Kicker: Phil Dawson
Punter: Andy Lee
Long snapper: Kevin McDermott
My guess is that out of the guys eligible to return from PUP, Wright will remain on it. I think he's insurance should a major (IR type) injury occur to one of the other guys at the position. I could see a scenario where Dial and/or Tank are kept on IR because either they believe a guy is not fully healed (Tank) or a guy is not better or more prepared than his replacement (Dial). This is how I think it plays out given our current circumstances...
Prior to week 1:
Marecic is brought in and Stupar is released.
After week 1:
Dobbs returns from suspension and Jerod-Eddie (or Tuk) is released.
After week 6:
Mario returns from injury and Ventrone is released.
Tank (or Dial) returns from injury and Tukuafu (or Jerod-Eddie) is released.
If we choose to activate both Tank and Dial then Dobbs will be released.
Crabtree is moved to the 53 and either Baldwin, Celek, or Harper is released.