Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) bobbles but hauls in a reception past San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) in the second half on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) bobbles but hauls in a reception past San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) in the second half on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

49ers defense bolstered by signing, Ward’s return

The 49ers activated defensive back Jimmie Ward from the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday.

He was limited, but he practiced after being allowed back on the field. But, head coach Kyle Shanahan said it was too early to call whether the veteran would be available for their third preseason game on Sunday.

“I was really excited to get [Ward] to camp here,” the  first-year head coach said. “I know it hasn’t gone the way he’s wanted with his unfortunate injury. I know I’m excited, I think everyone’s excited and I know he is.”

Ward suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the preseason. He was the third-best player on the 49ers defense last season, according to the player grades on Pro Football Focus.

49ers add help to D-Line

With Aaron Lynch and DeForest Buckner limited due to injuries, the 49ers felt they had a need for depth on the defensive line.

They filled that need by adding a player familiar with defensive coordinator, veteran Sen’Derrick Marks, who shared two years with Robert Saleh and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“We just wanted more competition inside,” Shanahan said, adding Marks had the best workout of any of the linemen the team tried out. “… He’s got 10 days to show us he deserves to be on this 53-man roster.”

Marks had three sacks last season and 8.5 in 2014 after playing just four games in 2015.

“I wake up and kick ass. That’s what I do,” Marks told reporters from Santa Clara on Wednesday.

Kap donates another $100k

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to make good on his pledge to donate $1 million in monthly increments of $100,000. Early Wednesday, he announced he had donated $33,000 to Dreamville, a non-profit by rapper J. Cole to aid residents of Fayetteville, N.C. He also gave money to Lower East Side Girls Club in New York City and 100 Suits for 100 Men, which helps at-risk youth and the formerly incarcerated.

jpalmer@sfexaminer.com

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