Three ex-49ers claimed off waivers after 53-man roster deadline

Peninsula Premier Admin

SANTA CLARA — Of the 13 players put on waivers Tuesday by the 49ers, three got swooped up by other teams, those being:

— Nsimba Webster, a return specialist who got claimed by the Chicago Bears.

— Linebacker Justin Hilliard, an undrafted rookie out of Ohio State who landed with the New York Giants.

— Center Dakoda Shepley, who took third-string snaps for the 49ers in training camp.

Webster is a Deer Valley High-Antioch product who served as a Los Angeles Rams’ returner the past two seasons before the 49ers claimed him last month. This past preseason, he returned four kickoffs (a long of 43 yards), had a 19-yard punt return and caught 2-of-4 targets for 18 receiving yards.

The 49ers didn’t claim anyone off waivers.

They figure to do their own roster juggling today, most likely putting defensive tackle Mo Hurst on injured reserve. Hurst sustained a high ankle sprain Aug. 22 and that injury typically requires four to six weeks of recovery.

As was the case last year, players who go on injured reserve — after Tuesday’s 53-man roster deadline — are eligible to return following three weeks.

In offensive tackle Shon Coleman’s case, he is ineligible to play for the 49ers this season after going on IR before Tuesday’s initial roster announcement. He’s yet to play in a regular-season game with the 49ers after being inactive all of 2018, missing 2019 with an ankle injury and opting out last season.

Those who went unclaimed after being placed on waivers Tuesday include: offensive linemen Colton McKivitz, Alfredo Gutierrez and Corbin Kaufusi; wide receiver River Cracraft; defensive linemen Darrion Daniels and Alex Barrett; fullback Josh Hokit; safety Jared Mayden; cornerback Alexander Myres; and, linebacker Elijah Sullivan.

Many of those players are expected to return on the 17-man practice squad, which includes space for six vested veterans plus Gutierrez, whose extra spot is assured through the NFL’s international player pathway.

Jordan Matthews, who’s converting from wide receiver to tight end, will join that practice squad, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, who first reported the NFL waiver claims.


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