49ers release seven players; roster stands at 80

49ers release seven players; roster stands at 80
August 30, 2011, 5:09 pm
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The 49ers waived seven players Tuesday morning to get to the league-mandated roster limit of 80 players before the 1 p.m. deadline.The most notable of the cuts was linebacker Scott McKillop, whom the 49ers selected in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. McKillop was a key special-teams contributor as a rookie, but he sustained a devastating season-ending knee injury in training camp last year.Why would the 49ers cut McKillop now? McKillop did not play in the first two exhibition games because of his knee. He played Saturday night against the Texans, and recorded seven tackles. The 49ers were concerned that he could re-injure his knee Thursday in the exhibition finale against the San Diego Chargers, and they would've been on the hook for another year of salary.McKillop is not eligible for the practice squad because he played in 16 games as a rookie. To maintain practice-squad eligibility, a player must suit up for no more than eight regular-season games in any one season.Former San Jose State receiver Kevin Jurovich, who distinguished himself during the player-led workouts, was also among the cuts. Jurovich spent last season on the 49ers' practice squad, but he never captured the attention of the new coaching staff.The 49ers have plenty of other practice-squad eligible receivers to consider ahead of Jurovich, including recent draft picks Kyle Williams and Ronald Johnson, as well as Lance Long. Also, undrafted rookies Chris Hogan (Monmouth) and Joe Hastings (Washburn) remain on the 80-man roster.The 49ers parted ways with punter Sam Paulescu, which is good news for 49ers fans. That means Andy Lee has recovered from his right hip injury that kept him out of action for one game.The other 49ers cuts were offense linemen Donovan Edwards (Cal) and Nick Howell (USC), as well as receiver Tyler Beiler (Bridgewater), running back Seth Smith (New Mexico State).

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