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49ers release seven players; roster stands at 80

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49ers release seven players; roster stands at 80

Aug. 30, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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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).

49ers activate Jimmie Ward

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49ers activate Jimmie Ward

SANTA CLARA -- Safety Jimmie Ward was cleared Wednesday morning to begin practicing with his teammates after missing nearly four weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.

Ward underwent conditioning tests on Monday and Tuesday to complete the final hurdles before the club activated him off the physically unable to perform list.

Ward sustained a hamstring injury during the conditioning test on the eve of training camp.

Ward was moved to cornerback last season, where he started 10 games.

He finished the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He was the 49ers' primary nickel back in his first two NFL seasons.

Jaquiski Tartt originally took over at free safety at the beginning of camp. But after Tartt missed significant practice time with a ribs injury, undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome stepped in.

Jerome started the 49ers’ first two exhibition games at free safety.

Shanahan evaluates Hyde's performance in early goings of 2017 preseason

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Shanahan evaluates Hyde's performance in early goings of 2017 preseason

SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde, the 49ers’ No. 1 running back, has gained just 26 yards on 10 carries in the first two exhibition games.

But aside from a play Saturday night against the Denver Broncos when he did not gain as many yards as coach Kyle Shanahan thought he should, the 49ers appear satisfied with what they’ve seen from Hyde.

“It takes 11 guys to execute a play,” Shanahan said on Wednesday. “Usually, the guy with the ball in his hands is the one who’s rewarded or blamed. But I’ve been happy with Carlos’ reps during the preseason.

“I definitely want to do better. I want to score every time we call a play, so I’m usually disappointed if it doesn’t end in a touchdown. But he’s done a good job for us.”

That does not mean that Hyde has been perfect. Shanahan recounted a play on Saturday in which Hyde did not read the blocking correctly and gained fewer yards than his coach expected.

“There was one run in particular I thought the O-line blocked it for about a 4-yard gain and he got 1 yard,” Shanahan said. “(He was) trying to do too much on one play, which happens a lot with running backs. So there was one play he left about 3 yards on the field.”

Hyde finished the first half with gains of 6, 2, 7 and 7 on a series that ended with a lost fumble from backup running back Tim Hightower.

“We blocked well and he got to the right hole and when contact hit him at 5 yards, he fell for 2 more,” Shanahan said of Hyde. “So I thought he got exactly what we blocked for and a little more after that.”