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August 29, 2012
Stanford swap: Masifilo back in, Beeler out

The 49ers made a roster move today, releasing former Stanford center Chase Beeler and re-signing former Stanford defensive lineman Matt Masifilo, who was cut on Monday. The team may have found itself light along the defensive line after Demarcus Dobbs' recent injury -- he was on crutches this week -- and after cutting Masifilo and fellow undrafted rookie Patrick Butrym.

The starting units are not expected to play long in Thursday's preseason finale and there likely is a reluctance to expose starters and key backups to injury. Behind starters Justin Smith, Isaac Sopoaga and Ray McDonald are Ricky Jean Francois, Will Tukuafu, Dobbs, Ian Williams and Tony Jerod-Eddie.

The 49ers also released center Jason Slowey on Monday. Daniel Kilgore is the No. 2 center behind Jonathan Goodwin; Derek Hall also played some center this offseason.

-- 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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