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Panthers claim OT John Theus off waivers from 49ers

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Garry Gilliam will be the 49ers swing tackle for the foreseeable future.

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The San Francisco 49ers waived John Theus on Wednesday to add linebacker Elijah Lee, and for the time being, they won’t be getting Theus back. The Carolina Panthers have claimed him off waivers for their 53-man roster, according to the official NFL transaction sheet.

The 49ers had Theus inactive last week in the season opener against the Panthers. Garry Gilliam got the nod as the swing tackle, and with Theus’ departure, Gilliam is locked into the role. The 49ers have offensive linemen Darrell Williams, Jr. and John Flynn on the practice squad. Williams showed some things in the preseason that has kept him on the radar for the time being.

Neither Theus or Gilliam has been a standout performer, so ideally we wouldn’t actually want to have seen either of them replacing Joe Staley or Trent Brown.