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49ers waive Chase Thomas from non-football injury list

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The 49ers made a small roster move, and they remain a little bit short-handed at OLB.

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The San Francisco 49ers made a roster move Monday and Tuesday, and while it does not impact the 90-man roster, it is worth a mention. On Monday, the team waived outside linebacker Chase Thomas from the reserve/non-football injury list. Thomas subsequently cleared waivers and is now free to sign with whomever he wants.

Thomas was originally waived/injured on May 4 due to a torn ACL. He was then placed on the non-football injury list because the injury happened during his own workout, away from the 49ers. If he had injured himself during the 49ers offseason workout program, he would have been placed on injured reserve after the waived/injured designation. Additionally, the team would have owed him his full year's salary. Because the injury happened away from the team, the team technically owes him nothing. It is possible they work out an injury settlement of some kind though, but I doubt we hear anything about that.

While Thomas was competing for the back-end of the roster at best, his injury has put the team in a bit of a bind this offseason. They need camp bodies, particularly heading into training camp. Aaron Lynch is dealing with a hamstring injury, so that leaves the team with Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Corey Lemonier, Eli Harold and Marcus Rush at outside linebacker. According to reports from OTAs, Nick Bellore was also getting some work at OLB. The 49ers will get back Lynch for training camp, but I would not be surprised if they added another outside linebacker for depth.