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49ers cut Tim Hightower, could running back depth be set?

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The 49ers have made several roster moves. Is the running back depth chart now set?

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The San Francisco 49ers released running back Tim Hightower amid other roster moves on Friday. Hightower was on the list of 17 players they released or waived that also included running back Kapri Bibbs.

Hightower, 31, joined the 49ers this offseason as a player that Kyle Shanahan really liked. He didn’t see much playing time, and Shanahan explained this by saying he knew what Hightower had to offer. Unfortunately, he had fumble problems in the limited time he did play, and he is now on the open market.

The 49ers now have starter Carlos Hyde, presumed backup Matt Breida, rookie Joe Williams and special teams standout Raheem Mostert still on the roster. There was a lot of buzz about Williams when he was drafted, buzz that led many to believe he would be an immediate contributor. But Breida had an excellent camp and strong preseason.

Then there is Mostert, who has looked very good on special teams, especially as a returner. His spot is by no means guaranteed, but we have to wonder if this is where the running back depth chart will stand for the 49ers. Fooch’s last 53-man roster projection had all four of them making it, so the Hightower cut isn’t unexpected.

It is disappointing, however. Hightower missed multiple seasons with injuries and was basically an afterthought before he rejoined the league with a spot on the New Orleans Saints a year ago. I definitely wish him the best going forward.

You can find our roster cuts tracker here, as the 49ers are currently at 71 players with a lot more to go.