Tuesday was not a good day for Europeans trying to make it in the NFL.
The Lions cut kicker Havard Rugland, opting to go with David Akers over the man they call Kickalicious. And now the 49ers have announced that former British Olympic discus thrower Lawrence Okoye has been waived/injured.
Okoye’s lack of a football background meant that he was a long shot to wind up on the 49ers roster this season. Working with the defensive linemen, Okoye earned praise from coach Jim Harbaugh early in camp but the realities of the steep learning curve he faced became apparent as the summer wore on. He’ll revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers and give it another shot next season.
The 49ers also placed defensive tackle Tank Carradine, defensive tackle Quinton Dial, running back Marcus Lattimore, tackle Luke Marquardt and cornerback Eric Wright on the reserve/non-football list. Wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham will be both remain on the PUP list with the team hoping they can return later in the season to help the offense. All those moves were expected as none of the players have been able to practice with the 49ers to this point in camp.
Defensive tackle Lamar Divens, who was allegedly hit in the face with a bottle by linebacker Ahmad Brooks, was also waived/injured as the 49ers worked their way down to 74 players. That leaves them with an open roster spot should they like any of the players let go around the league in the last few days.