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September 3, 2011
Wragge, Adams, Zeigler among 26 cut by 49ers

The 49ers released 26 players Saturday and placed one, tight end Nate Byham, on injured reserve to reach the 53-man roster limit. Byham suffered a torn ACL early in training camp.


The bottom of the team's roster is bound to change over the next few days as the 49ers consider players who have been released elsewhere and as they build their eight-man practice squad. The team can begin building its practice squad at 9 a.m. Sunday.

However, the initial cuts brought good news for a host of rookies. All of the 49ers' draft picks save sixth-round receiver Ronald Johnson and seventh-round cornerback Curtis Holcomb (Achilles) have made the team, as have two undrafted players, nose tackle Ian Williams and defensive end Demarcus Dobbs.

The team released rookie tight end Konrad Reuland and veteran tight end Nate Lawrie, meaning they have just two tight ends - Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker - on the roster. They also have two fullbacks, veteran Moran Norris and seventh-round pick Bruce Miller.

Special teams coordinator Brad Seely definitely had his stamp on the roster. Miller, fellow draft pick Colin Jones and veteran linebacker Blake Costanzo all made the initial final roster. All three were part of the team's coverage units.

Cut-down day did not bring good news to two players who suffered significant injuries in 2010, receiver Dominique Zeigler (ACL) and cornerback Phillip Adams (ankle). They both were released. Another injured player, linebacker Scott McKillop (knee), was released earlier in the week.

Here's the list of cuts:

CB Phillip Adams,
C Chase Beeler
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
DT Brian Bulcke
FB Jack Corcoran
CB Phillip Davis
G Derek Hall
WR Joe Hastings
WR Chris Hogan
WR Ronald Johnson
LB Alex Joseph
TE Nate Lawrie
WR Lance Long
S Chris Maragos
QB Josh McCown
CB Cory Nelms
RB Xavier Omon
TE Konrad Reuland
LB Kenny Rowe
NT Sealver Siliga
LB Monte Simmons
FS Curtis Taylor
DB Anthony West
T Kenny Wiggins
G Tony Wragge
WR Dominique Zeigler

The 49ers' position breakdown goes like this:

QBs: 2
RBs: 3
FBs: 2
WRs: 5
TEs 2
OL: 9
DL: 7
OLBs: 4
ILBs: 5
CBs: 5
Ss: 6
STs: 3

-- 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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