Practice-squad report: 49ers

August, 29, 2008
8/29/08
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49ers eligible for
practice squad
Pos.Probable Status
Kentwan BalmerDLKeeper
Jason HillWRKeeper
Josh MorganWRKeeper
Chilo RachalOLKeeper
Reggie SmithDBKeeper
Cody WallaceOLKeeper
Larry GrantLBKeeper
Thomas ClaytonRBLikely cut
Cameron ColvinWRLikely cut
Markus CurryDBLikely cut
Brian de la PuenteOLLikely cut
Atiyyah EllisonDLLikely cut
Joe Jon FinleyTELikely cut
Louis HolmesDLLikely cut
Jay MooreLBLikely cut
Robert OrtizWRLikely cut
D.J. ParkerDBLikely cut
Chris PatrickOLLikely cut
Jerard RabbWRLikely cut
Ricky SchmittPLikely cut
Joe ToledoOLLikely cut
Dominique ZeiglerWRLikely c
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The chart shows each of the 49ers' players with practice-squad eligibility, according to the team.

Practice-squad rules can be confusing, and exceptions sometimes apply to relatively experienced players.

I've categorized each player based on his perceived likelihood of earning a spot on the 53-man roster. Those are rough characterizations. Teams still have not made decisions. It's conceivable that a player listed as a "keeper" could face his release.

As noted: Rosters spots are serious business for NFL players lacking job security. For some, the next 30 hours or so will determine whether they'll earn $17,352.94 per week or whatever the real world pays.

The minimum NFL salary is $295,000. Players get paid in 17 installments, one for every week they spend as a paid member of the organization.

NFL teams must trim rosters from 75 players to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. Teams can establish eight-man practice squads beginning Sunday. Practice-squad players earn a minimum of $5,200 per week during the regular season and playoffs.

Once a player signs with a practice squad, he can practice with the team. He becomes eligible to play in games only if a team signs him to its 53-man roster. Practice-squad players are free to sign with any team's active roster at any time during the season.

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