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August 27, 2012
Slowey, Hastings, Brown among first wave of 49ers cuts

The 49ers began reducing their roster this morning, cutting 12 players and placing two others, rookies Darius Fleming and Jewel Hampton, on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Among those who were cut were sixth-round pick Jason Slowey, who was converting from college left tackle to center, and receiver Joe Hastings, who spent most of last season on the practice squad before being elevated to the regular roster late in the year. Cory Nelms won the 49ers' Thomas Herrion Award for his work on the practice squad last year.

Slowey and Hastings had battled injuries this offseason. So had undrafted rookie outside linebacker Kourtnei Brown, who suffered a hamstring strain in the second preseason game. All of the released players are eligible for the practice squad, which the 49ers can begin building on Saturday.

RB Cameron Bell
OLB Kourtnei Brown
DL Patrick Butrym
WR Ben Hannula
WR Joe Hastings
DL Matt Masifilo
S Cory Nelms
K Giorgio Tavecchio
CB Deante Purvis
TE Joe Sawyer
OL Jason Slowey
WR Brian Tyms

-- 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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