As of Tuesday afternoon, all 32 teams across the NFL were required to shorten their roster to at least 75 players. In order to reach that number, the San Francisco 49ers placed linebacker NaVorro Bowman on the reserve/Physically-unable-to-perform list and running back Marcus Lattimore on the reserve/non-football-injury list. Both are still recovering from ACL injuries, with Bowman's occurring in the last year's NFC Championship game and Lattimore's in his last year at the University of South Carolina back in 2012; his second ACL injury during his collegiate career.
Both moves will require Bowman and Lattimore to miss the first six games of the season, regardless of their progressions in their recoveries. The roster move for Bowman has been expected but in regards to Lattimore, it is difficult to really grasp what is actually going on.
Lattimore, along with most of the Niner brass expected the former Gamecock to participate during training camp at the start of the offseason, however, Lattimore only appeared in a few practices during mini camp and the teams voluntary offseason workouts. The Niners remain a bit "hush-hush" over Lattimore's progressions, or even lack there of. Time and time again, Head Coach Jim Harbaugh as expressed optimism over Lattimore as he has praised the second-year player in his demeanor to get healthy and work out, stating at times, "Lattimore is showing signs of improvement everyday."
Additional players added to the reserve/NFI are: Fullback Trey Millard, cornerback Keith Reaser, and guard Brandon Thomas.
Additional players added to the reserve/PUP are: Tight end Garret Celek and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey.
The Niners also waived the following players: Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, safety D.J. Campbell, tight end Kevin Greene, running back Jewel Hampton, punter Colton Schmidt, linebacker Kion Wilson, and receiver Devon Wylie.
Receiver David Reed was released.
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