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

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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:

Saturday

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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Friday
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.)

49ers sign OL Laken Tomlinson to three-year extension

49ers sign OL Laken Tomlinson to three-year extension

Guard Laken Tomlinson appears to have wrapped up a starting position on the 49ers’ offensive line, as the club signed him to a three-year extension on Thursday.

Tomlinson, who started the final 15 games of last season at left guard, is now signed through the 2021 season, the 49ers announced.

“Laken is a very talented player who has improved consistently since joining the team one week before last year’s season opener,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “This offseason, his hard work and dedication paid off as he continued to progress and performed at a high level. We were confident we could work out a contract extension with Laken and we are fired up to get that done before training camp.”

The 49ers acquired Tomlinson in a trade from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick shortly before the start of last season. The Lions selected Tomlinson with the No. 28 overall pick from Duke in 2015.

The 49ers did not pick up the fifth-year option on Tomlinson for the 2019 season, which would have cost $9.625 million. Instead, the 49ers and Tomlinson agreed to a three-year extension worth up to $18 million with $10 million guaranteed, reports the NFL Network.

Tomlinson, 26, started 24 of 30 games in his first two seasons with Detroit. He entered the 49ers’ starting lineup in Week 2 and every game for the remainder of the season.

The 49ers appear to have four starting positions set along the offensive line, with Tomlinson and tackle Joe Staley on the left side. Veteran center Weston Richburg is slated to start at center, while rookie Mike McGlinchey is settling in at right tackle.

Joshua Garnett, Jonathan Cooper and Mike Person will compete at right guard during training camp, which opens on July 25.

Rookie LB Fred Warner is setting the tone for 49ers, but he might be a little too loud

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Rookie LB Fred Warner is setting the tone for 49ers, but he might be a little too loud

When the 49ers selected inside linebacker Fred Warner of BYU in the third round of the draft, it was easy to see how he fit into the team's plan with the degree of uncertainty surrounding Reuben Foster.

While Foster remained away from the team’s offseason program for five weeks, Warner felt a need to get up to speed quickly if he was needed to be a starter for Week 1 of the regular season. Warner said he was determined to learn as quickly as possible at whatever position he lined up.

“They want consistency over a guy who can make a play here and there,” Warner said on The 49ers insider Podcast. “Because if you’re a liability and you’re out there missing assignments, stuff like that, that’s going to get you cut. You have to be able to retain this information very quickly and be able to produce on the field and put a good product out there. That’s the biggest thing.”

The 49ers consider the middle linebacker (mike) and weakside linebacker (will) positions as nearly interchangeable. The major difference is the mike position is the player who communicates in the huddle. Malcolm Smith is lining up with the first team at mike, while Foster is at will. Warner is leading the second team at mike.

Foster joined the 49ers’ offseason for the final four weeks after a judge dismissed two felony charges of domestic violence. Warner knew all about Foster, the player, before meeting him as a teammate.

“He’s a very physical player, and something I didn’t know about him that I know now, he’s probably the smartest guy in the room,” Warner said. “This dude has the memory of an elephant. He doesn’t have to write notes down. He just retains things very quickly. And I think that’s what allowed him to play at such a high level as a rookie last year, aside from his physical talent.”

Warner has also learned a lot from Smith, who played six NFL seasons before sitting out last year with a torn pectoral.

“We’ve worked after practice on man coverage on tight ends and running backs.,” Warner said. “Even though that might not be something we touch on in practice or a meeting, he just wants to touch on that with me because he said, ‘If you can do this, you can play on any team in the NFL.’ “

One of the few critiques of the rookie during the offseason program is that Warner, who said he was a quiet kid as a youngster, has been a little too loud.

“He’s very smart and he plays like it on the field,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said during the first week of OTAs. “He doesn’t hesitate. He’s a rookie out there, but he’s calling the plays maybe even too loud because I can hear him from the offensive side. But, he doesn’t mind speaking up. He’s confident in what he’s doing.”

Warner said he wanted to win the confidence of his teammates, so that might have contributed to his increased decibel level.

“I want to make sure that when I get in that huddle and I’m talking to these guys, that they know that I know what I’m doing and I’m ready to go,” Warner said. “I’m the one who’s going to set the tone in the huddle before the play even happens.”