The 49ers announced Friday afternoon the NFL has suspended 49ers kick returner Victor Bolden Jr. four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing-substances policy. He can return to the active roster on October 1, but is allowed to practice with the team during the offseason and play during the preseason games.
Bolden, 23, was an undrafted rookie last season. He made the 49ers 53-man roster out of training camp, and was the 49ers primary kick returner until he injured his ankle and went on I.R. In nine games, he returned 19 kickoffs for 396 yards, and four punts for 23 yards.
Last month, the 49ers spent their second-round pick on a wide receiver who returns punts and kicks — Dante Pettis. This pick seemed strange and unnecessary at the time, but maybe the Niners knew the league would suspend Bolden. Maybe the Niners knew what they were doing.