The San Francisco 49ers took care of several pieces of business Monday afternoon. The most important piece of news is that Alex Boone has passed his physical. The 49ers announced they requested a roster exemption, which allows him to remain off the 53-man roster for now.
Boone would need to be added to the 53-man roster to play in a game, so we'll wait and see how long the 49ers use the exemption. If they want to work him back in slowly, they could very well decide to wait until next week. Players are available in the locker room on Tuesday, and Jim Harbaugh is expected to meet with the media later this week. I'm sure he will get a few questions about this.
In other news, the 49ers filled up the remaining three spots of their practice squad. The team signed John Fullington, as previously mentioned. They also signed cornerback Chance Casey and running back Kendall Gaskins. Here is some quick background on the three newest members of the 49ers practice squad:
Casey (5-11, 190) originally entered the NFL on May 13, 2013, as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders. He spent training camp with the Raiders before being signed to the team's practice squad on September 2, 2013, where he spent the remainder of the season. Casey was released by Oakland on August 30, 2014.
A 23-year-old native of Crosby, TX, Casey attended Baylor University where he appeared in 39 games and recorded 161 tackles and three interceptions. He earned All-Big 12 Freshman honors in 2009 and appeared in the 2013 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game, as a senior.
Fullington (6-5, 300) signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014. Following training camp, he was released by the Packers on August 30.
A 24-year-old native of Belfair, WA, Fullington attended Washington State where he tied a program-record with 43 consecutive starts. As a senior, he earned Pac-12 All-Academic Second-Team honors and was presented WSU's Mike Utley Award, given to the team's offensive lineman of the year.
Gaskins (6-1, 238) originally signed with the Buffalo Bills on April 29, 2013 as an undrafted free agent. He spent training camp with the Bills, and was released on August 30, 2013. Gaskins was signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad on October 8 and was later released on October 18. The New York Giants signed him to the team's practice squad on December 17, where he spent the remainder of the season. He was released by the Giants on August 30, 2014.
A 24-year-old native of Burlington, NJ, Gaskins attended the University of Richmond where he totaled 605 rushing yards on 148 carries, as a senior. He finished his career second all-time in total rushing touchdowns (38) in school history. Gaskins earned First-Team All-Colonial Conference honors in 2010 and 2012.
The 49ers practice squad now consists of the following ten players:
OT Carter Bykowski
CB Chance Casey
TE Asante Cleveland
OL John Fullington
RB Kendall Gaskins
WR Lance Lewis
DL Lawrence Okoye
NT Mike Purcell
LB Shayne Skov
LB Chase Thomas