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49ers waive FB Alex Debniak, roster sits at 73 players

The San Francisco 49ers waived fullback Alex Debniak. What does that mean for the fullback position? Spoiler alert: not much.

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The San Francisco 49ers made a roster move on Tuesday, as they announced they waived fullback Alex Debniak. The 49ers signed the Stanford linebacker as an undrafted free agent on May 7, 2013. He tore his Achilles last summer and spent the season on injured reserve.

There is no reason given for the transaction. It was going to take a bit of a miracle for him to make the 49ers 53-man roster, and he was even a long-shot for the practice squad. The 49ers brought him in to convert over to fullback, in a similar fashion to Bruce Miller. Of course, given that the 49ers have Miller getting back to 100 percent, and also have Will Tukuafu on the roster, the fullback position was looking pretty full.

There has been no recent word on Miller's recovery from his scapula injury. The 49ers signed him to a 3-year extension this past March, so I have to think they're comfortable with his return. Prior to his injury, he had developed into one of Colin Kaepernick's favorite pass-catching options. That did come during Michael Crabtree's absence, so we have to take those numbers with that context. However, having that option in addition to Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis hopefully means some measure of stability in the passing game. We'll see how the passing game operates around Miller later this summer.

Players currently on roster: 73
QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Blaine Gabbert
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson

RB Frank Gore
RB Kendall Hunter
RB LaMichael James
RB Jewel Hampton
RB Marcus Lattimore

FB Bruce Miller
FB Will Tukuafu

WR Michael Crabtree
WR Anquan Boldin
WR Quinton Patton
WR Jon Baldwin
WR Kassim Osgood
WR Chuck Jacobs
WR David Reed
WR DeMarco Sampson
WR Devon Wylie
WR Brandon Lloyd

TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE Derek Carrier

OT Joe Staley
OT Anthony Davis
OT Carter Bykowski
OT Jonathan Martin
OT Luke Marquardt

OG Alex Boone
OG Mike Iupati
OG Adam Snyder
OG Joe Looney
OG Al Netter
OG Ryan Seymour

C Daniel Kilgore

DL Justin Smith
DL Ray McDonald
DL Ian Williams
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL Tank Carradine
DL Quinton Dial
DL Demarcus Dobbs
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
DL Lawrence Okoye
DL Mike Purcell
DL Christian Tupou

ILB Patrick Willis
ILB NaVorro Bowman
ILB Michael Wilhoite
ILB Nick Moody
ILB Darius Fleming

OLB Aldon Smith
OLB Ahmad Brooks
OLB Corey Lemonier
OLB Dan Skuta

CB Tramaine Brock
CB Chris Culliver
CB Perrish Cox
CB Darryl Morris
CB Eric Wright
CB Chris Cook
CB Dax Swanson

S Eric Reid
S Antoine Bethea
S Craig Dahl
S C.J. Spillman
S Raymond Ventrone
S D.J. Campbell

K Phil Dawson

P Andy Lee
P Colton Schmidt

LS Kevin McDermott