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July 1, 2010
Who is practice-squad eligible?

It's more than two months from when the 49ers must trim their roster to 53 players and you're already making cuts in your head. For shame! But if you must engage in this game of July GM, you ought to know who is eligible for the practice squad. Generally speaking, here's who can be on the eight-man squad:

• 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

Obviously, all rookies are eligible, although I will bet you my mortgage - please, take it - that Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Taylor Mays and Navorro Bowman won't be on it. Speaking of Davis, agent Drew Rosenhaus this morning tweeted that the No. 11 pick had switched agents from Sanat Shah (A UVA guy) to Rosenhaus.

Jarrett Brown
Kyle Williams
Bakari Grant
Jared Perry
Scott Long
Taylor Mays
Tramaine Brock
Patrick Stoudamire
Anthony Dixon
LeRoy Vann
Phillip Adams
Chris Maragos
Keaton Kristick
Mike Balogun
Navorro Bowman
Matt Kopa
Anthony Davis
Mike Iupati
Nate Byham

I don't think that Dominique Zeigler is eligible this year because he spent time on the practice squad from 2007-09. Here are the other veterans who are eligible. Remember, to put a player on the practice squad, a team first must release him, wait for him to clear the waiver wire and then sign him to the practice squad. That is, there is always a risk another team will pick up a promising player (rhymes with Phallix Swoon).

Nate Davis
Curtis Taylor
Jehuu Caulcrick
Brit Miller
J.J. Finley
Diyral Briggs
Martail Burnett
Cody Wallace
Alex Boone
Derek Walker
Brian de la Puente
Ricky Jean-Francois

By my calculations, kicker Shane Andrus also is eligible. But kickers are rarely kept on the practice squad because they are readily available should the regular kicker go down.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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