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49ers promote LB Shayne Skov to active roster

Video: 49ers linebacker Shayne Skov at training camp

San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Shayne Skov talks to Matt Barrows about improving and learning from the veteran linebackers on the team. Video by Manny Crisostomo.
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San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Shayne Skov talks to Matt Barrows about improving and learning from the veteran linebackers on the team. Video by Manny Crisostomo.

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Wednesday replaced injured linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong on the active roster with former Stanford star Shayne Skov.

"Shayne was actually a difficult cut on the (initial) cut to 53 because I think he did enough to make the team," Chip Kelly said Wednesday. "Obviously, we felt that we had six inside linebackers that were NFL-quality players. So that was a difficult day for Shayne and for us."

Skov, 26, appeared in 15 games last year for the 49ers, finishing with four special teams tackles.

He had 19 tackles, including a sack, in the preseason. He finished second in that category to Michael Wilhoite, who could see a lot of the passing-down snaps that previously had gone to Armstrong. The team’s other inside linebackers are NaVorro Bowman, Gerald Hodges and Nick Bellore.

The 49ers placed Armstrong on injured reserve with a chest injury. He is eligible to return later this year.

The team also signed linebacker Curtis Grant (6-2, 240) to the practice squad. Grant, who played at Ohio State, has spent time with the Chargers, Falcons, Titans and Raiders since going undrafted last season.

Et cetera -- Tackle Anthony Davis was the only active 49er who was not on the field to begin practice. Davis suffered a concussion Thursday and began Wednesday’s session in the team weight room.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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