49ers waive Stupar, create another roster vacancy

49ers waive Stupar, create another roster vacancy
November 2, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Nate Stupar suited up for the past five 49ers games and recorded five special-teams tackles. (USATSI)

The 49ers have two open spots on their 53-man roster after waiving reserve linebacker/special-teams player Nate Stupar on Saturday.

Stupar, a seventh-round draft pick by the Raiders in 2012, was inactive for the 49ers’ first three games of the season. He suited up for the past five games and recorded five special-teams tackles.

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Rookie linebacker Nick Moody, a sixth-round pick from Florida State, is expected to take Stupar’s spot on the 49ers’ roster. Moody earned a spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster to begin the season. However, Moody was placed on injured reserve designated to return when he sustained a broken right hand in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Moody was cleared to resume practice last week while the 49ers were in London.

Earlier this week, the 49ers waived receiver Marlon Moore.

The 49ers will activate wide receiver Mario Manningham and cornerback Eric Wright before the Tuesday deadline when their 21-day practice windows close. The 49ers must ultimately clear another two roster spots to account for Manningham, Wright, Moody and Aldon Smith.

The 49ers activated Smith off the reserve/non-football illness list on Thursday after he served time in treatment for substance abuse. The NFL granted the 49ers a one-week roster exemption, so Smith does not currently count against the roster limit. Smith's roster exemption expires on Wednesday.