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49ers roster cuts 2014: Who will be the first 15 moved to get to the 75-man roster?

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The San Francisco 49ers have to cut down to 75 players by Tuesday. We take a look at how this might shape up.

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Fooch's update: The first roster cuts are in.

The close of the Week 3 of the preseason means it is time for teams to cut down to 75 players. The 49ers will need to release some players to get to this number, but they will also clear some space by moving players to the various injury lists. We discussed this last week, but I figured I'd go into some more detail with cuts just around the corner.

The 49ers currently have seven players combined on the Active/NFI and Active/PUP lists. The 49ers will be allowed to move any or all of those players to the Reserve/NFI or Reserve/PUP list. That removes them from the 90-man roster, and means they would then be ineligible to practice for at least the first six weeks of the season. This group includes:

PUP: NaVorro Bowman, Garrett Celek, Kaleb Ramsey
NFI: Marcus Lattimore, Trey Millard, Keith Reaser, Brandon Thomas

We have heard no update on Celek's injured back (a disc issue, per Harbaugh), so the odds seem pretty good that he will end up on the early season PUP list. it would not be surprising to see all seven of these players transferred to the Reserve lists. If that happens, the 49ers will only need to release eight players to get down to 75 players.

Looking at the current 49ers roster, it's time for some updated projections for these first cuts. Last week I had included Glenn Winston and Colton Schmidt. Given that Phil Dawson injured his leg briefly on Sunday, Schmidt earns the reprieve. Dawson injured his leg in the first half, and while he was able to kick field goals before the start of the second half (including hitting one from 49 yards), it makes sense to rest him the final week.

Winston showed enough on Sunday that I see no reason to release him before the final preseason game. Additionally, L'Damian Washington could earn a practice squad spot, so I think he gets one more opportunity. Here are my first eight cuts. David Reed has looked fairly solid so he could very well have a chance to stick around. Two wild cards in this are Will Tukuafu (concussion) and Bubba Ventrone (hamstring). It is possible the 49ers figure out an injury settlement with them to clear a roster spot. Given the short week, I could see it being Tukuafu. David Reed looked pretty good on Sunday, so I think he gets one more opportunity.

Will Tukuafu
Lance Lewis
Kevin Greene
Michael Philipp
Al Netter
Kion Wilson
D.J. Campbell
Kyle Nelson

Players currently on roster: 90
QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Blaine Gabbert
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
QB Josh Johnson

RB Frank Gore
RB LaMichael James
RB Jewel Hampton
RB Marcus Lattimore
RB Carlos Hyde
RB Alfonso Smith
RB Glenn Winston

FB Bruce Miller
FB Will Tukuafu
FB Trey Millard

WR Michael Crabtree
WR Anquan Boldin
WR Quinton Patton
WR Brandon Lloyd
WR Stevie Johnson
WR Bruce Ellington
WR Kassim Osgood
WR David Reed
WR Devon Wylie
WR L'Damian Washington
WR Lance Lewis
TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE Derek Carrier
TE Asante Cleveland
TE Kevin Greene

OT Joe Staley
OT Anthony Davis
OT Carter Bykowski
OT Jonathan Martin
OT Michael Philipp

OG Mike Iupati
OG Adam Snyder
OG Joe Looney
OG Al Netter
OG Ryan Seymour
OG Brandon Thomas

C Daniel Kilgore
C Marcus Martin
C Dillon Farrell

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 Kaleb Ramsey

ILB Patrick Willis
ILB NaVorro Bowman
ILB Michael Wilhoite
ILB Nick Moody
ILB Chris Borland
ILB Shayne Skov
ILB Kion Wilson

OLB Aldon Smith
OLB Ahmad Brooks
OLB Corey Lemonier
OLB Dan Skuta
OLB Aaron Lynch
OLB Chase Thomas

CB Tramaine Brock
CB Chris Culliver
CB Perrish Cox
CB Darryl Morris
CB Chris Cook
CB Jimmie Ward
CB Dontae Johnson
CB Keith Reaser
CB Kenneth Acker

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

K Phil Dawson

P Andy Lee
P Colton Schmidt

LS Kevin McDermott
LS Kyle Nelson