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August 31, 2012
Late cuts: 49ers eyeing their practice squad

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The 49ers are engaging in a bit of gamesmanship.

All the players who were released on the eve of the 6 p.m. cut-down deadline appear to be earmarked for the practice squad. That group includes safety Michael Thomas, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, offensive linemen Al Netter and Mike Person and inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite.

The team has yet to send out the full list of the players that have been released. All 32 teams can start signing the players that were cut today at 9 a.m. Saturday, at which point they also can begin building their eight-man practice squads. The 49ers' strategy - as well as that of several other teams - appears to be to give their competitors as little time as possible to evaluate recently released players.

The 49ers are poised to enter the season with eight offensive linemen after having nine on the 53-man roster a year ago. They are: Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin, Alex Boone and Anthony Davis. The backups would be Leonard Davis, Daniel Kilgore and draft pick Joe Looney.

Person was a seventh-round draft pick in 2011. He made the final roster a year ago but was not active for any of the games. He can play both tackle and guard, and the 49ers intend to sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers. The 49ers plan to do the same with Netter, an undrafted player out of Northwestern, who can play tackle and guard.

-- 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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