Luke Marquardt clears waivers, reverts to 49ers Reserve/Injured list

Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

The San Francisco 49ers will retain Luke Marquardt for another year. The offensive tackle cleared waivers and was added to the team's Reserve/Injured list.

The San Francisco 49ers have officially retained the rights to offensive tackle Luke Marquardt. The team waived/injured Marquardt on Tuesday, after he reportedly re-fractured the same foot that cost him 2012 in college, and 2013 with the 49ers. The 49ers waived/non-football injury Morgan Breslin, but it appears his contract has been terminated via the waiver system. Other players waived/NFI reverted to their teams' Reserve/NFI list, but Breslin did not.

Marquardt will spend the year in injured reserve, and will not count against the 49ers 90-man roster limit. Last year, socalisteph took a look at Marquardt's foot injury in her series on the 49ers new players and their injury history. Foot injuries are always dicey because fractures can become repetitive injuries. Marquardt is a monster of a man who has the size to potentially develop into an NFL-caliber offensive tackle. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait another year to see what happens next.

I'm not sure why the 49ers decided not to place Breslin on the NFI list. I don't know if they'll be able to do so at a later date given his "termination" status. He was a talented defensive end in college, and conceivably could become a pass rush specialist at the NFL level. We'll see if that comes to pass with the 49ers or somebody else.

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