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Kyle Nelson (born October 3, 1986) is an American football long snapper for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played college football at New Mexico State University. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

Kyle Nelson
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Nelson with the 49ers in 2019
No. 86 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Long snapper
Personal information
Born: (1986-10-03) October 3, 1986 (age 33)
Norman, Oklahoma
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:China Spring
(China Spring, Texas)
College:New Mexico State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Games played:81
Total tackles:15
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

He attended China Spring High School for his senior year where he started at tight end and was the team's long snapper on special teams.

College careerEdit

Professional careerEdit

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On July 27, 2011, he signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent.[1] On September 3, 2011, he was released.[2] On September 4, he was signed to the practice squad.[3] On September 5, he was released from the practice squad.[4]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On September 7, 2011, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs to join the practice squad.[5]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On January 11, 2012, he was signed to a future contract.[6] On September 1, 2012, he was released.[7]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

On September 25, 2012, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles to join the practice squad.[8][9] On October 2, 2012, he was released from the practice squad.[10]

San Diego ChargersEdit

On November 20, 2012, he was signed after the team placed Long snapper Mike Windt on the season-ending Injured Reserve due to a wrist injury.[11] During the 2012 season with the Chargers he appeared in six games.[12] He was released from the Chargers in May 2013.[13]

Second stint with 49ersEdit

On May 22, 2013, it was announced Nelson was signed to 49ers for a second stint to compete with Brian Jennings for the Long snapper position.[14] He was later released on July 10, 2013.[15]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On July 11, 2013, Nelson was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks after releasing Wide receiver Charly Martin.[16] On August 26, 2013, he was cut by the Seahawks.[17]

Washington RedskinsEdit

The Washington Redskins signed Nelson on October 15, 2013 to replace Nick Sundberg, who was put on injured reserve.[18] The Redskins waived him on July 21, 2014.[19]

Third stint with 49ersEdit

On July 25, 2014, Nelson re-signed with the 49ers on a one-year deal.[20] The 49ers signed him to a four-year contract extension on March 6, 2015.[21] On December 4, 2018, Nelson was suspended 10 games for using performance-enhancing substances.[22] He missed the final four games of the season and the suspension carried over to the 2019 season.

On March 12, 2019, Nelson signed a four-year contract extension with the 49ers.[23] After missing the first six games of the 2019 season, he was reinstated from suspension on October 21, 2019, and was activated on October 26.

Personal lifeEdit

His grandfather Roger Nelson was selected in the 14th round, 164 overall in the 1954 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins but played 13 years in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos. His father, Mark Nelson, also played nine years in the Canadian Football League, and is currently the defensive coordinator of the Ottawa Redblacks.[24]


  1. ^ "Saints Agree to Terms with 20 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents". Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  2. ^ "Saints Announce Roster Moves". Retrieved September 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "Saints Announce Practice Squad". Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  4. ^ "Saints sign TE Gilmore; Waive LB Humber & Make Practice Squad Moves". Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "Chiefs Add TE Kyle Nelson To Practice Squad". Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "Niners sign longsnapper to future deal". Archived from the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "49ers Release 21 Players; Trade S Jones". Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  8. ^ "Eagles add Nelson as insurance for Dorenbos". Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  9. ^ "Eagles snap up long-snapper Kyle Nelson after Jon Dorenbos' injury". Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  10. ^ "Eagles Cut LB Brian Rolle". Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  11. ^ "Windt placed on Injured-Reserve; Chargers sign long snapper Kyle Nelson". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  12. ^ "Kyle Nelson, LS for the Washington Redskins at". Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  13. ^ "Seattle releases WR Martin, claims Nelson". Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "49ers bring back long snapper Kyle Nelson". May 22, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  15. ^ "The #49ers have waived TE/LS Kyle Nelson". Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  16. ^ "Seahawks Make Roster Moves". Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  17. ^ Farnsworth, Clare (August 26, 2013). "Monday in Hawkville: Enough with the penalties, says Pete Carroll". Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  18. ^ Jones, Mike (October 15, 2013). "Redskins sign three to boost secondary and special teams, cut Pugh". Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  19. ^ Jones, Mike (July 21, 2014). "Redskins waive long snapper Kyle Nelson, sign TE Mike Caussin". Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  20. ^ "49ers add TE/LS Nelson to fill Boone's roster spot". July 25, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  21. ^ "Report: 49ers reach new deals with Nelson, Celek". Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  22. ^ "NFL Suspends 49ers LS Kyle Nelson 10 Games". Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  23. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 12, 2019). "49ers give long snapper Kyle Nelson a four-year extension". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  24. ^ "New Mexico State Aggies profile".

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