Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
1 week ago

Wilhoite started Sunday's preseason opener alongside NaVorro Bowman, finishing with five tackles (all solo) in limited action.

EDGE Analysis

This should come as no surprise, as Wilhoite had been lining up next to Bowman during training camp and he has the most experience playing middle linebacker among his competition. This doesn't guarantee that he will be the starter come Week 1, but Wilhoite definitely has the early lead in a job battle that could lead to IDP relevance.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
3 weeks ago

Wilhoite lined up with the first-team defense during Sunday's practice, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

While this doesn't guarantee that he will start the season alongside NaVorro Bowman, it certainly gives Wilhoite the early lead over Gerald Hodges. With 85 tackles in 12 games last season, Wilhoite proved to be a valuable asset when starting, so this is a situation to monitor in IDP leagues as the season approaches.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
3 months ago

Wilhoite will get an opportunity to line up with the first-team defense during OTAs, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gerald Hodges has been getting first-unit reps alongside NaVorro Bowman - as he did on Wednesday as well - but defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil said that Wilhoite will also get reps with the first-unit in an effort to create competition for the job during minicamp. Wilhoite was one of the 49ers' starting middle linebackers in 2015 before he went down with an ankle injury. He signed a one-year deal to stay with the club this offseason.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
4 months ago

Wilhoite (ankle) has signed a one-year deal with the 49ers, The Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wilhoite found himself in an opportunistic position in 2015, with both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland announcing their retirement prior to the season, and proved to be a serviceable middle linebacker. The fifth-year player finished the 2015 season with 85 combined tackles in 12 games, but forced no fumbles and recorded only one interception, limiting his fantasy value. The 49ers did not go after any middle linebackers in the 2016 NFL Draft, yet Wilhoite will still receive competition from Gerald Hodges for a starting spot beside NaVorro Bowman. Hodges is much younger than Wilhoite and finished the 2015 campaign strong, racking up 32 combined tackles in the 49ers' last three contests.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
8 months ago

Wilhoite (ankle) was placed on IR on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

With Wilhoite ruled out for the season finale, the 49ers opted to clear up a roster spot for Mike Davis (hand). Wilhoite had a career year, posting 85 tackles in just 12 games, but the 49ers would probably rather see Gerald Hodges starting in 2016.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
8 months ago

Wilhoite (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Wilhoite out for a second straight game, Gerald Hodges figures to get another start alongside NaVorro Bowman at inside linebacker. Hodgers had seven tackles (four solo) on 71 defensive snaps in a Week 14 loss to the Browns.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
8 months ago

Wilhoite (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.

EDGE Analysis

Prior to drills, head coach Jim Tomsula said that Wilhoite is "week-to-week" due to an ankle injury, which doesn't bode well for active status Sunday versus the Bengals. If Wilhoite misses a second consecutive contest, Gerald Hodges would likely get another nod at inside linebacker.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
8 months ago

Wilhoite (ankle) will not travel to Cleveland for Sunday's game against the Browns, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wilhoite can thus be ruled out for at least one game, allowing Gerald Hodges to start alongside NaVorro Bowman at inside linebacker. Wilhoite oddly had 51 tackles over a four-week stretch in October, but he's otherwise been a poor IDP option.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
9 months ago

Wilhoite (ankle) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game San Francisco reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wilhoite was knocked out of Sunday's win at Chicago after just seven snaps due to an ankle injury, forcing his first zero-tackle effort of the season. The absence will extend into Week 14 prep, but his progress, or lack thereof, as the week proceeds will help determine his availability for Sunday's contest in Cleveland.

Michael Wilhoite
LB SF (8)
9 months ago

Wilhoite was ruled out of Sunday's contest in Chicago due to an ankle injury, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wilhoite entered the contest with an ankle concern, which forced him out of the game without a tackle on the ledger. He was replaced at inside linebacker by Gerald Hodges.