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49ers vs. Broncos, preseason 2014: Practice squad watch picks up steam

The San Francisco 49ers have numerous players fighting for roster spots, but also several fighting just for a spot on the practice squad. We take a look at the eligibility rules, and the list of eligible players.

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The San Francisco 49ers have one preseason game under their belt, and with three remaining, the roster battles are heating up. I'll have an updated bubble watch this weekend, but we already know a lot of the long shots and weak bubble players. For many of them, the next three weeks are about earning a claim on the waiver wire at the end of camp, or a spot on the 49ers practice squad.

Here is a list of the players with practice squad eligibility. They are broken down by time in the league. 1st year players are those who have been in the league previous seasons, but did not accrue the necessary time to be considered a "second year player". If you think I'm missing anybody, or have a question about the eligibility of one I have listed, let me know in the comments.

I'll go into more detail later in the month, but for now, here is the CBA section covering practice squad eligibility (from Article 33):

Section 4. Eligibility:
(a) The Practice Squad shall consist of the following players, provided that they have not served more than two previous seasons on a Practice Squad: (i) players who do not have an Accrued Season of NFL experience; and (ii) free agent players who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during their only Ac­crued Season(s). An otherwise eligible player may be a Practice Squad player for a third season only if the Club by which he is employed that season has at least 53 players on its Active/Inactive List during the entire period of his employment.

A player shall be deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the club's physical and been a member of the club's Practice Squad for at least three regular season or postseason games during his first two Practice Squad seasons, and for at least one regular season or postseason game during his third Practice Squad season. (For purposes of this Section, a bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular season or postseason weekend in question.)


CB Kenneth Acker
LB Chris Borland
TE Asante Cleveland
WR Bruce Ellington
OL Dillon Farrell
TE Kevin Greene
RB Carlos Hyde
CB Dontae Johnson
LB Aaron Lynch
C Marcus Martin
S James McCray
FB Trey Millard
DT Kaleb Ramsey
CB Keith Reaser
LB Shayne Skov
OG Brandon Thomas
DB Jimmie Ward
WR L'Damian Washington
RB Glenn Winston

1st year players

OT Carter Bykowski
DT Tank Carradine
WR Chuck Jacobs
RB Marcus Lattimore
WR Lance Lewis
OL Al Netter
DT Mike Purcell
P Colton Schmidt
LB Chase Thomas

2nd year players

S D.J. Campbell
TE Derek Carrier
DT Quinton Dial
RB Jewel Hampton
LB Nick Moody
DT Lawrence Okoye
OG Ryan Seymour

3rd year players

QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
WR Devon Wylie