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The 49ers, like every team in the NFL, must get down to their initial 53-player regular-season roster limit by the deadline at Saturday, 1 p.m. (PT).
From the 75-player roster after the final exhibition game Thursday, here is the tracker detailing the moves (or NFL rulings) that enable the 49ers to reach the roster limit.
To reach the regular-season roster of 53 players, the 49ers must trim 22 roster spots:
--1. Outside linebacker Aldon Smith was placed on the reserve/suspended list for the first nine games of the regular season for violations of the NFL’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct, the league announced on Friday.
--2. The 49ers waived rookie running back Glenn Winston, who led the team with 113 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries in the exhibition season, a source told CSNBayArea.com. If Winston clears waivers, he is a strong candidate to return to the 49ers on their 10-player practice squad. The 49ers gave Winston a chance when they signed as an undrafted rookie after Kendall Hunter's season-ending knee injury.
--3. The 49ers waived offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Bykowski, a seventh-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2013, spent his rookie season on the 49ers' practice squad. The 49ers would like to bring him back to the practice squad if he clears waivers. Bykowski will consider his all of his options, a source said.
--4. The 49ers waived undrafted rookie linebacker Shayne Skov, CSNBayArea.com confirmed. The former Stanford star is a strong candidate to return to the 49ers on their 10-player practice squad if he is not claimed.
--5. The 49ers waived tight end Asante Cleveland, an undrafted rookie from Miami, a source told CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers intend to bring back Cleveland to the practice squad if he clears waivers. Cleveland caught thee passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in the exhibition season.
--6. The 49ers waived long-snapper Kevin McDermott, a source told CSNBayArea.com. McDermott made the team a year ago as a rookie after being out long-time long-snapper Brian Jennings. The 49ers are going with Kyle Nelson as their long-snapper because he has better cover skills.
--7. The 49ers released veteran special-teams ace C.J. Spillman, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Spillman, a reserve safety, has been one of the 49ers' top special-teams players since his arrival with the team in 2010. The move saves the 49ers $1.225 million on the salary cap.
--8. The 49ers released veteran special-teamer Kassim Osgood, reports Yahoo!Sports. Osgood was also waived a year ago when the 49ers cut down to 53 players. Osgood, a 12-year veteran, would have been guaranteed his entire $955,000 salary had he been on the roster on the opening week. The 49ers could bring him back as early as Week 2.
--9. The 49ers released fullback Will Tukuafu, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Tukuafu played in two games last season after the 49ers re-signed him when starter Bruce Miller sustained an injury. UPDATE: The 49ers announced Tukuafu was placed on injured reserve.