Wilhoite, currently on the according to non-football injury list, will be worked in slowly during joint practices with the Denver Broncos in Colorado this week, according to coach Jim Tomsula.
The 49ers practice in Santa Clara on Tuesday before scrimmaging with the Broncos on Wednesday and Thursday. The teams then play in an exhibition game on Saturday night.
Nick Moody has been starting in Wilhoite’s old spot.
Wilhoite’s return comes as backup inside linebacker Desmond Bishop prepares to undergo a “procedure” on a left hand injury suffered in the Niners’ exhibition victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
Asked if Bishop could perhaps play through the injury, Tomsula reiterated he was undergoing a procedure, meaning he will be out for the foreseeable future.
Other players suffering injuries in the Cowboys exhibition: TE Vance McDonald (ankle), DL Tank Carradine (leg), WR Chuck Jacobs (ankle) and S Craig Dahl (back). McDonald, Jacobs and Dahl are expected to miss a few practices, Tomsula said, while ILB Philip Wheeler (leg strain) will remain sidelined.