Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Tight end Cole Hikutini has been promoted from the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad to the active roster.
San Francisco announced the move on Saturday. Hikutini, 23, originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 4. He was waived on Sept. 2 and signed to the team's practice squad on Sept. 3.
The 6 foot 4, 247 pound pass catcher had 1,016 yards and 11 touchdowns in 24 games at Louisivlle. He ranked No. 5 among FBS tight ends with 49 catches for 656 yards and eight scores in 2016 for the Cardinals. Hikutini transferred to Louisville from the City College of San Francisco. He also spent two years at Sacramento State.
Hikutini will wear No. 83 for the 49ers.
The move follows the 49ers' decision to release veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Friday.
"NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful," 49ers general manager John Lynch said Friday after Bowman's release.
"During that time, NaVorro was a key component of one of the best teams in the League and his passion for the game allowed him to quickly become a favorite of our Faithful fans. Thursday evening, Kyle and I met with NaVorro, and from our conversation it became evident that going in different directions was best for both him and our team. Although NaVorro may be moving on, he will always be looked at as one of the great players to wear the red and gold. We wish him and his family great success."
Rookie George Kittle tops the 49ers' depth chart at the position. He has 166 yards and a touchdown this season. The 49ers also have Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen active at the position. Kyle Nelson, who can also play tight end, is the 49ers' long snapper.