Tracker: 49ers cut roster to 53

Tracker: 49ers cut roster to 53
August 30, 2014, 1:00 am
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All NFL teams must trim their rosters to 53 players by 1 p.m. (PT). (USATSI)

Programming note: For complete coverage of the 49ers roster cuts, tune in to SportsNet Central tonight at 5:30 p.m., 10:30 and midnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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.

--10. The 49ers waived offensive tackle Michael Philipp, a source told Philipp, an undrafted rookie from Oregon State, was given no assurance that the 49ers would bring him back to the practice squad.
--11. The 49ers waived guard Al Netter, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. He spent time on the team's practice squad the past two seasons.
--12. The 49ers waived nose tackle Mike Purcell, the Sacramento Bee reported. Purcell is a candidate to return to the practice squad.
--13. The 49ers waived guard Ryan Seymour, a source confirmed. Originally, a seventh-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers signed Seymour to their 53-man roster last December.
--14. The 49ers released running back Alfonso Smith, he confirmed on Twitter. "I'd Like to thank the @49ers organization & fans for the experience & opportunity. Good luck & God Bless!" Smith played the past four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, mostly as a special-teams contributor.
--15. The 49ers released veteran offensive lineman Adam Snyder, two sources told This likely means that the 49ers are going with seven healthy offensive linemen to open the season. Jonathan Martin is in place as the 49ers' swing tackle, and undrafted rookie Dillon Farrell of New Mexico is in line to win a roster spot as the backup at center and both guard positions. The 49ers still have not reached out to holdout Alex Boone, another source told Snyder is a nine-year veteran who originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2005.
--16. The 49ers released eight-year veteran special-teamer Bubba Ventrone, a source told Ventrone, who is listed as a safety, played entirely on special teams last season. Ventrone was scheduled to make $855,000 this season.
--17. The 49ers waived defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, the Sacramento Bee reported. The former British Olympian is a candidate for the practice squad.
The 49ers must make five more roster moves. Thus far, there have been no confirmed reports on the following "bubble" players: WR Lance Lewis, WR L'Damian Washington, DE Demarcus Dobbs, OLB Chase Thomas, CB Kenneth Acker, CB Perrish Cox, CB Chris Cook.
--18. The 49ers placed rookie cornerback Kenneth Acker on injured reserve, the club announced. Acker underwent an MRI examination on his foot on Friday, coach Jim Harbaugh said. The recommendation was for Acker to remain out of action for a while.
--19. The 49ers waived second-year cornerback Darryl Morris, the club announced. Morris was one of the team's top special-teams players.
--20. The 49ers waived outside linebacker Chase Thomas, the team announced.
--21. The 49ers waived wide receiver Lance Lewis, the team announced.
--22. The 49ers waived wide receiver L'Damian Washington, the team announced.


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