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49ers roster cuts: Joe Looney released, per Maiocco

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The San Francisco 49ers have released a brief starting center. The departure marks the closure on the 2012 draft class. We break down what it means.

This one is a little bit of a surprise. The San Francisco 49ers have released offensive lineman Joe Looney, according to Matt Maiocco. It is far from shocking, but given Daniel Kilgore's injury, I am a little surprised. Looney is not a great offensive lineman, but with Kilgore on the PUP, a veteran presence would have made some sense. His release will save the 49ers $660,000, and they will carry $106,301 in dead money.

Jim Tomsula named Marcus Martin the starting center earlier this week, with Jordan Devey moving in at right guard. Ian Silberman had handled some center snaps, while Dillon Farrell has handled a lot of work at both center and guard in his time with the team. This would seem to assure Farrell and/or Silberman of a roster spot given that experience. This also could mean Kilgore's ankle is making solid progress. He said he will be taking his boot off next week, so he could be good to go after six weeks on the PUP list.

The 49ers offensive line remains a huge question mark, but they are continuing to get younger and younger across the board. Looney was entering his fourth season in the league, and was likely a departure after the season anyway.

Here is an updated roster list:

Players currently on roster: 72

QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Blaine Gabbert
QB Dylan Thompson

RB Carlos Hyde
RB Kendall Hunter
RB Reggie Bush
RB Kendall Gaskins
RB Jarryd Hayne
RB Mike Davis

FB Bruce Miller
FB Trey Millard

WR Anquan Boldin
WR Torrey Smith
WR Quinton Patton
WR Bruce Ellington
WR Chuck Jacobs
WR Jerome Simpson
WR DeAndre Smelter
WR Dres Anderson
WR Issac Blakeney
WR DiAndre Campbell
WR DeAndrew White
WR Mario Hull
WR Nigel King

TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE Xavier Grimble
TE Blake Bell
TE Rory Anderson

OT Joe Staley
OT Erik Pears
OL Trenton Brown
OL Patrick Miller
OL Justin Renfrow
OL Sean Hooey

OG Alex Boone
OG Joe Looney
OG Brandon Thomas
OG Andrew Tiller
OL Ian Silberman
OG Jordan Devey

C Daniel Kilgore
C Marcus Martin
C Dillon Farrell

DL Darnell Dockett
DL Ian Williams
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL Tank Carradine
DL Quinton Dial
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
DL Lawrence Okoye
DL Mike Purcell
DL Kaleb Ramsey
DL Garrison Smith
DL Arik Armstead

ILB NaVorro Bowman
ILB Michael Wilhoite
ILB Nick Moody
ILB Shayne Skov
ILB Desmond Bishop
ILB Nick Bellore
ILB Phillip Wheeler
ILB Steve Beauharnais

OLB Ahmad Brooks
OLB Corey Lemonier
OLB Aaron Lynch
OLB Eli Harold
OLB Marcus Rush
OLB Shawn Lemon

CB Tramaine Brock
CB Dontae Johnson
CB Shareece Wright
CB Keith Reaser
CB Kenneth Acker
CB Leon McFadden
CB Marcus Cromartie
CB Mylan Hicks

S Eric Reid
S Antoine Bethea
S Craig Dahl
S L.J. McCray
DB Jimmie Ward
S Jaquiski Tartt
S Jermaine Whitehead

K Phil Dawson
K Corey Acosta

P Bradley Pinion

LS Kyle Nelson