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June 23, 2009
Niners: Who is practice-squad eligible?

I know how your overactive minds work. Even though the 49ers have more than two months before their first roster cuts, you're already composing the final roster in your heads. Ok, I'll play along. To aid you in your roster machinations, here are the rules for the eight-man practice squad and which players are eligible.

Generally speaking, here's who's eligible:

  • A. Players who do not have an accrued NFL season of free agent credit; or

  • B. Players who have one or more accrued seasons, but who were on the 45-player Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during each of such accrued seasons; or

  • C. Players who have not been on a practice squad more than two seasons

OT Alex Boone
LB Diyral Briggs
RB Glen Coffee
WR Dobson Collins
WR Michael Crabtree
QB Nate Davis
DE Pannel Egboh
OT Kyle Howard
G Matthew Huners
DE Ricky Jean-Francois
CB Terrail Lambert
LB Scott McKillop
NT Khalif Mitchell
TE Bear Pascoe
RB Kory Sheets
S Curtis Taylor
CB Carlos Thomas
CB Jahi Word-Daniels

Notes: Of that group, it's a safe bet that Crabtree, Coffee, McKillop and Pascoe won't land on the practice squad.

Veterans who have spent fewer than nine games on the active roster:
S Lewis Baker
WR Mark Bradford
OT Jacob Bender
RB Thomas Clayton
TE JJ Finley
LB Jay Moore
WR Maurice Price
G Chilo Rachal
LB Justin Roland
K Alex Romero
S Reggie Smith
C Cody Wallace
LB Mark Washington
T Joe Toledo
WR Dominique Zeigler

Notes: The only one of these guys who is absolutely positively not landing on the practice squad is Rachal. I'd wager a dollar that Wallace and Smith are safe, too. Because WR Michael Spurlock served on practice squads from 2006-2008, he is ineligible for the practice squad. (At least, that's how I read it).

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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