Long snapper Kyle Nelson was reinstated from the reserve/suspended list this past week and started practicing again with his San Francisco 49ers teammates after serving a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The NFL handed down the suspension in December of 2018 with four games left in the season, leaving six left to serve during this season. It was his second violation with the first occurring during his rookie year in 2011.

To make room on the roster, the 49ers have released wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

Nelson becomes San Francisco's fourth long snapper of the season with Colin Holba, Jon Condo, and Garrison Sanborn serving in the role during Nelson's absence. None of the others remains with the team.

The New Orleans Saints signed Nelson as an undrafted free agent out of New Mexico State in 2011. He spent time with the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins before signing with the 49ers on July 25, 2014. Before that, Nelson had two other offseason stints with San Francisco in 2012 and 2013. During both instances, the 49ers released him before the start of the regular season.

On March 12, the 49ers signed Nelson to a four-year extension, keeping him with the team through the 2022 season.

Matthews spent the offseason with San Francisco but was released before the start of the regular season. He re-signed with the 49ers on October 3.

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