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Final 49ers 53-man roster projection: Which veterans miss the cut?

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Final 49ers 53-man roster projection: Which veterans miss the cut?

Approximately 39 hours after the 49ers' exhibition finale Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi's Stadium, the club must trim its roster from 87 players to the regular-season limit of 53.

The deadline to get to the roster limit is Saturday at 1 p.m. (PT). The following day, all teams are allowed to begin signing players to their 10-man practice squads.

Here's the final 49ers roster projection, along with candidates for trades and injured reserve:

QUARTERBACK (2)
Brian Hoyer
C.J. Beathard
Note: Hoyer is the No. 1, obviously. And Beathard appears to be secure in the No. 2 spot. Hoyer has experienced injury issues during his career, so beginning the season with two QBs is a bit of a risk. But if the 49ers need to add another signal-caller later in the season, it’s a safe bet Matt Barkley will be available. Undrafted rookie Nick Mullens could be back on the practice squad.

RUNNING BACK/FULLBACK (5)
Carlos Hyde
FB Kyle Juszczyk
Matt Breida
Raheem Mostert
Joe Williams
Note: Veteran Tim Hightower was the No. 2 back for most of camp. But the emergence of Breida and Mostert prompt the 49ers to go with the young players ahead of veterans Hightower and Kapri Bibbs. Mostert also figures to be a huge presence on special teams.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)
Pierre Garçon
Marquise Goodwin
Aldrick Robinson
Trent Taylor
Victor Bolden
Aaron Burbridge
Note: Jeremy Kerley becomes a trade candidate with Taylor and Bolden showing plenty with which to get excited. Taylor has looked very good from the opening day of the offseason program as a slot receiver. Bolden has return skills. Those two have made Kerley expendable. Burbridge gets a spot based on his play on special teams. Kendrick Bourne should be back on the practice squad.

TIGHT END (3)
George Kittle
Logan Paulsen
Garrett Celek
Note: The trade of Vance McDonald opens the way for Celek to stick on the roster, along with Kittle and Paulsen. The 49ers are likely to ticket Cole Hikutini for the practice squad, assuming he clears waivers.

OFFENSIVE LINE (8)
LT Joe Staley
LG Zane Beadles
C Daniel Kilgore
RG Brandon Fusco
RT Trent Brown
John Theus
Erik Magnuson
Joshua Garnett
Note: The 49ers could swap out Garnett for a player they add after the cuts to 53 players. Garnett (knee) is a candidate for injured reserve or IR/designated for return. In order for be eligible to return, Garnett must be on the team’s original 53-man roster. Magnuson has played his way onto the roster. Veterans Tim Barnes and Garry Gilliam get bumped for younger players.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)
LE Solomon Thomas
NT Earl Mitchell
DT DeForest Buckner
RE Arik Armstead
Tank Carradine
Elvis Dumervil
Aaron Lynch
D.J. Jones
Quinton Dial
Note: Dial could be dangled in trade talks. If there is no trade, he’s just too good not to make onto the 53-man roster over Chris Jones and Sen’Derrick Marks. Ronald Blair has made a late push, but he simply gets caught up in the numbers game.

LINEBACKER (7)
SLB Eli Harold
MLB NaVorro Bowman
WLB Reuben Foster
Ray-Ray Armstrong
Dekoda Watson
Brock Coyle
Pita Taumoepenu
Note: Taumoepenu is definitely on the bubble. But the 49ers should make an investment in the future by keeping him on the 53-man roster. His skillset is perfect for a 3-4 defense, and one of those teams could claim him to prevent him from landing back with the 49ers on the practice squad.

CORNERBACK (5)
Rashard Robinson
Dontae Johnson
K’Waun Williams
Asa Jackson
Ahkello Witherspoon
Note: Will Redmond has been battling an ankle injury for a couple of weeks, and is a candidate for injured reserve. Keith Reaser did not have a strong exhibition season, so it’s a tough call whether to go with him or Jackson, who can also play nickel back.

SAFETY (5)
Eric Reid
Jimmie Ward
Jaquiski Tartt
Lorenzo Jerome
Vinnie Sunseri
Note: Jerome had a strong camp to earn his spot onto the team. The 49ers want to see more out of him on special teams. And that phase of the game just happens to be where Sunseri excels. Adrian Colbert returns to the practice squad.

SPECIALISTS (3)
K Robbie Gould
P Bradley Pinion
LS Kyle Nelson
Note: Nick Rose put himself on the radar for teams who might need a kicker later with the 55-yard field goal he nailed Sunday night against the Vikings.

49ers running back Carlos Hyde sustains hip injury early vs Rams

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49ers running back Carlos Hyde sustains hip injury early vs Rams

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Carlos Hyde sustained a hip injury in the first quarter of the 49ers’ game Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams.

Hyde left the game, and the club listed him as questionable to return to action.

Hyde carried the ball three consecutive times for a combined 25 yards before leaving with an apparent injury to his left side. He sat out seven plays while the 49ers medical staff evaluated him.

Hyde returned in time to pick up 4 yards on a third-and-1 play from the Los Angeles 19. He immediately left the game again and was examined further by the team’s medical staff.

The absence didn't last too long as Hyde returned to action in the second quarter.

Inactives: 49ers third-round pick yet to make his debut

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Inactives: 49ers third-round pick yet to make his debut

As the 49ers take on the Rams on Thursday Night Football, the team will be without five defenders and two from offense. 

Ahkello Witherspoon, who the team drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, will have to wait to make his debut another week. 

Below is the full list of inactives from Insider Matt Maiocco.