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49ers to release John Theus on Wednesday, per report

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The 49ers likely need to make room for a free agent linebacker, and Theus was inactive in Week 1.

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The San Francisco 49ers will release John Theus on Wednesday, according to a report from Matt Brarows of the Sacramento Bee. Theus is listed as the primary backup at left tackle, and was the first player in the game when Joe Staley suffered an injury in the third preseason game.

But Theus was inactive for Sunday’s Week 1 opener against the Carolina Panthers, meaning Garry Gilliam served as the primary backup at both tackle spots. Gilliam has shown flashes of high-level play at times, so I wonder if he was simply behind on the playbook in the preseason or something along those lines.

Presumably, the 49ers are making room on the roster for a linebacker due to Reuben Foster ailing with a high ankle sprain and Ray-Ray Armstrong playing poorly in relief behind him. Foster is expected to miss multiple games with the injury.

On Tuesday, it was reported that the 49ers worked out two inside linebackers in Sean Spence and Donald Butler. Spence has already signed with the Indianapolis Colts, while Butler is not expected to sign with the 49ers, according to Matt Maocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Theus was a fifth-round pick in 2016 and spent most of this offseason as the primary backup for Staley.