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49ers place Bruce Ellington on injured reserve, release Jason Fanaika

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The 49ers made two roster moves, and one is a big one.

Wow! The San Francisco 49ers made their final two moves to get down to 75 players by 1 p.m. PT, and one of them is big. The team cut outside linebacker Jason Fanaika, and placed wide receiver Bruce Ellington on injured reserve. Ellington suffered a hamstring injury on Friday, and Matt Barrows is reporting that it is a torn hamstring.

The 49ers can still bring Ellington back off IR due to the rule allowing for one player to return. They do not have to designate him for return, they can just bring him back later in the season. If his hamstring is completely torn, then it is highly unlikely he returns in time for the rest of the 2016 season. Never mind. He was seen dejected on the sidelines after his injury with a towel over his head, according to game-day reports, so I suppose this should not be quite so shocking news.

DeAndrew White has been the primary slot receiver in his place, and the 49ers also acquired Jeremy Kerley in a trade. Ellington handled the team’s return work as well. Kerley has punt return experience, but I imagine DeAndrew White is on the short list to help as well.

The next step will be cutting down from 75 to 53. They play their preseason finale on Thursday against the San Diego Chargers. They then have until 1 p.m. PT on Saturday to announce their final roster cuts down to 53 players. Here’s the current roster

Players currently on roster: 75

QB Blaine Gabbert
QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Jeff Driskel
QB Christian Ponder

RB Carlos Hyde
RB Shaun Draughn
RB DuJuan Harris
RB Mike Davis
RB Kelvin Taylor
RB Kendall Gaskins

WR Torrey Smith
WR Quinton Patton
WR Bruce Ellington
WR DeAndrew White
WR DeAndre Smelter
WR Dres Anderson
WR Aaron Burbridge
WR Bryce Treggs
WR Ryan Whalen
WR Devon Cajuste
WR Jeremy Kerley
WR Eric Rogers
WR Jerome Simpson
WR DiAndre Campbell

TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE Blake Bell
TE Bruce Miller
TE Je'Ron Hamm
TE Busta Anderson

OT Joe Staley
OT Trenton Brown
OT John Theus
OT Colin Kelly
OT Erik Pears

OG Zane Beadles
OG Joshua Garnett
OG Anthony Davis
OG Andrew Tiller
OL Fahn Cooper
OG Norman Price
OG Blake Muir
OG Brandon Thomas
OL Ian Silberman

C Daniel Kilgore
C Marcus Martin
C Alex Balducci

DL Arik Armstead
DL DeForest Buckner
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL Quinton Dial
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
DL Mike Purcell
DL Garrison Smith
DL Ronald Blair
DL Demetrius Cherry
DL BJ McBryde
DL Darren Lake

ILB NaVorro Bowman
ILB Michael Wilhoite
ILB Gerald Hodges
ILB Ray-Ray Armstrong
ILB Shayne Skov
ILB Nick Bellore
ILB Wynton McManis

OLB Ahmad Brooks
OLB Aaron Lynch
OLB Eli Harold
OLB Tank Carradine
OLB Marcus Rush
OLB Corey Lemonier
OLB Jason Fanaika

CB Tramaine Brock
CB Jimmie Ward
CB Chris Davis
CB Will Redmond
CB Rashard Robinson
CB Keith Reaser
CB Dontae Johnson
CB Prince Charles Iworah
CB Cleveland Wallace
CB Kenneth Acker

S Eric Reid
S Antoine Bethea
S Jaquiski Tartt
S L.J. McCray
S Marcus Cromartie

K Phil Dawson
K John Lunsford

P Bradley Pinion

LS Kyle Nelson