Cut-down day tracker: Follow as 49ers get roster to 53 players


Cut-down day tracker: Follow as 49ers get roster to 53 players

Within the past week, the 49ers released outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks and traded tight end Vance McDonald to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team acquired guard Laken Tomlinson on Thursday in a trade with the Detroit Lions for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.

After finishing the exhibition season on Thursday night, the 49ers’ roster stood at 88 players. General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan must make 35 roster moves in order to reach the regular-season maximum of 53 players by the NFL deadline of Saturday, 1 p.m.

Here’s a tracker of the 49ers’ moves once they begin to reach the regular-season roster limit, which NBC Sports Bay Area will update with every confirmed move:


1:11 p.m. -- The 49ers announced guard Joshua Garnett (knee) goes on season-ending injured reserve. He was a first-round draft pick in 2016.

Also, going on season-ending injured reserve are wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, defensive lineman Chris Jones, defensive back Don Jones and running back Joe Williams.

The 49ers announced the following veteran players have been released and are not subject to the waiver system: defensive lineman Quinton Dial, cornerback Asa Jackson, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks.

The club announced the following players have been waived: tight end Blake Bell, linebacker Austin Calitro, wide receiver DeAndre Carter, offensive lineman JP Flynn, tight end Cole Hikutini, quarterback Nick Mullens, defensive lineman Noble Nwachukwu, wide receiver DeAndre Smelter and offensive lineman Darrell Williams Jr.

12:03 p.m. -- The 49ers waived undrafted rookie offensive lineman JP Flynn, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. Flynn is a candidate to return to the practice squad.

11:55 a.m. -- The 49ers have cut cornerback Asa Jackson, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. Jackson, a five-year NFL veteran, recorded two interceptions in the 49ers' exhibition finale Thursday against the Chargers.

11:47 a.m. -- The 49ers have informed tight end Blake Bell of his release, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. He is a candidate to return to the 49ers' practice squad. Bell was a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2015.

11:39 a.m. -- The news is good for defensive lineman Ronald Blair, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. Blair is expected to make it through the initial cut to 53 players. On Sunday, he will likely be placed on injured reserve, which gives him time to fully recover from a thumb injury before he will have a chance to be brought back to the 53-man roster after at least six weeks.

11:30 a.m. -- The 49ers have informed wide receiver Jeremy Kerley of his release, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. Kerley last season was the 49ers' leading receiver, catching 64 passes for 667 yards and three touchdowns. The 49ers in March signed Kerley to a three-year, $8.4 million contract with $2.8 million in fully guaranteed money.

11:19 a.m. -- The 49ers will place running back Joe Williams on season-ending injured reserve due to an ankle injury, reports the NFL Network.  Williams, who lost a fumble in Thursday's exhibition finale, was icing his left ankle at his locker after the game. "It's just a little sprain," Williams told NBC Sports Bay Area. "Nothing serious. It's something I've been nursing, just taking care of it every day." The 49ers apparently found the injury to be more serious than Williams previously believed.

9:10 a.m. -- The 49ers have informed defensive lineman Chris Jones that he is being released, the Sacramento Bee reported. Jones opened camp as the player likely to serve as DeForest Buckner's backup. But Jones struggled after Buckner was sidelined with an ankle injury, prompting the 49ers to look elsewhere for a backup. Update: The 49ers placed Chris Jones on season-ending injured reserve.

8:30 a.m. -- The 49ers informed defensive lineman Quinton Dial of his release, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. Dial, a four-year veteran, started 32 of the 46 games in which he appeared with the organization. The 49ers appear focused on adding a defensive lineman who has been cut from another team, the source said. Dial is considered a better fit for a 3-4 scheme. The 49ers switched to a 4-3 this season. Dial entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick of the 49ers in 2013.

--Veteran safety Don Jones revealed on social media that he sustained a torn ACL in the 49ers exhibition finale on Thursday. Jones experienced a left knee injury while running down the field on punt coverage as a gunner and stripping Chargers return man Kenjon Barner of the ball. The 49ers' medical staff checked out Jones and originally announced his return to the game as probable. Jones is expected to be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

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The 49ers made 17 roster moves on Friday, leaving them with 18 more moves that must occur before the deadline on Saturday.

2:32 p.m. -- The 49ers announced they have waived/injured cornerback Will Redmond and cornerback Prince Charles Iworah. Redmond missed most of camp with an ankle injury. Redmond was a third-round pick of the 49ers in 2016. He missed his entire rookie season as he rehabbed from an ACL injury and surgery that ended his college career. Iworah was a seventh-round pick in 2016. He spent his rookie season on the 49ers' practice squad.

2:32 p.m. -- The 49ers announce they have released the following veterans, in addition to those previously reported: running back Tim Hightower, defensive lineman Leger Douzable, offensive lineman Andrew Gardner, wide receiver Louis Murphy.

2:32 p.m. -- The 49ers announce they have waived the following players, in addition to those players previously reported: offensive lineman Andrew Lauderdale, wide receiver Tim Patrick, offensive lineman Norman Price, kicker Nick Rose

2:25 p.m. -- The 49ers cut cornerback Will Davis, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

2:11 p.m. -- The 49ers cut safety Vinnie Sunseri, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area. Sunseri appeared in six games for the 49ers last season.

2:07 p.m. -- The 49ers released veteran center Tim Barnes, the Sacramento Bee reported. Barnes started 32 games over the past two seasons with the Rams.

1:38 p.m. -- The 49ers released running back Kapri Bibbs, a source confirmed. The 49ers acquired Bibbs in a draft day trade with the Denver Broncos.  The 49ers received Bibbs and a fifth-round pick from Denver, which they used to select receiver/return man Trent Taylor. The 49ers sent a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Broncos. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported Bibbs' release.

1:37 p.m. -- The 49ers waived undrafted rookie fullback Tyler McCloskey (Houston), a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. McCloskey is under consideration for the practice squad.

1:33 p.m. -- The 49ers released linebacker Shayne Skov, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. The 49ers signed Skov, the former Stanford star on Aug. 17, after placing rookie linebacker Donavin Newsom on injured reserve. The 49ers have cut Skov five times since signing with the club as an undrafted rookie in 2014.

11:32 a.m. -- The 49ers have released veteran quarterback Matt Barkley, the Houston Chronicle reported. As expected, the 49ers will keep two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard. The 49ers signed Barkley to a two-year contract on the first day of free agency and awarded him a $500,000 signing bonus. (Thirty-four more moves until the 49ers reach their roster limit.)

Roger Craig, Terrell Owens, John Lynch among Hall of Fame semifinalists


Roger Craig, Terrell Owens, John Lynch among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Former 49ers running back Roger Craig, in his final year on the modern-era ballot, is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the 10th consecutive year.

Craig is among 27 semifinalists announced for the Class of 2018. The list includes six first-year eligible candidates and four other players who have been eligible previously but are semifinalists for the first time.

Wide receiver Terrell Owens and safety John Lynch, currently 49ers general manager, are among the return semifinalists. Lynch was among the final 10 players last year, while Owens made it to the top 15.

The list of first-year eligible semifinalists includes wide receiver Randy Moss, defensive back Ronde Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, and defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

The four previously-eligible players who are semifinalists for the first time are safety LeRoy Butler, defensive ends Leslie O’Neal and Simeon Rice, and cornerback Everson Walls.

In January, the list of modern-era candidates will be trimmed to 15 individuals. There will be a total of 18 finalists, including contributor finalist Bobby Beathard and seniors finalists Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer. Hall of Fame rules stipulate from four to eight new members will be selected every year.

Beathard, Brazile and Kramer will be voted on separately and, like all other finalists, must receive 80-percent approval from the full selection committee at the annual selection meeting on Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, the day before Super Bowl LII.

Craig's teams made it to the playoffs in each of his 11 NFL seasons, including his first eight years with the 49ers. In 1985, he became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.

Owens, who played his first eight seasons with the 49ers, was a first-team All-Pro performer six times. He ranks second all-time in receiving yards (15,934) and third with 153 receiving touchdowns.

Lynch, a hard-hitting safety with Tampa Bay and Denver, was selected to nine Pro Bowls in his 15-year career. He recorded 26 interceptions, forced 16 fumbles and recovered nine in his career.

Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2012-18)
Ronde Barber, CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Tony Boselli, T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Isaac Bruce, WR – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
LeRoy Butler, S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2005, 2010-18)
Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2009-18)
Brian Dawkins, S – 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2017-18)
Alan Faneca, G – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Steve Hutchinson, G – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2005, 2008, 2013-18)
Edgerrin James, RB – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2014-18)
Ty Law, CB – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Ray Lewis, LB – 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2013-18)
Kevin Mawae, C/G – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2012-18)
Randy Moss, WR – 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Leslie O'Neal, DE – 1986, 1988-1995 San Diego Chargers, 1996-1997 St. Louis Rams, 1998-1999 Kansas City Chiefs | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Terrell Owens, WR – 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Simeon Rice, DE – 1996-2000 Arizona Cardinals, 2001-06 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2007 Denver Broncos, 2007 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Richard Seymour, DE/DT – 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Brian Urlacher, LB – 2000-2012 Chicago Bears | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Everson Walls, CB – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2017-18)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area is one of 48 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'


John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch came close Tuesday to announcing which quarterback will start for the 49ers this week.

But the official announcement that rookie C.J. Beathard will start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks will have to come from coach Kyle Shanahan, he said.

“C.J. (Beathard) played extremely well against the Giants, and that’s likely,” Lynch told reporters at Levi’s Stadium. “But I’ll let Kyle speak to that.”

Lynch reiterated that they want to give newly acquired Jimmy Garoppolo the best chance to succeed. Garoppolo spent part of the 49ers' bye week learning the basics of the offensive system in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello. Garoppolo also met one-on-one with Shanahan.

Beathard had his best game as a pro on Nov. 12, before the bye week, as he threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. Garoppolo arrived in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 in a trade with the New England Patriots.

Lynch said he feels Garoppolo “is going to be our guy,” so the organization does not feel any urgency to rush him onto the field. In fact, Lynch sounded as if the 49ers are not placing a high priority on spending big on the quarterback position with Garoppolo and Beathard on the team.

"You still study every position, but we feel pretty good about where our quarterback room is,” Lynch said.