The efforts of the 49ers to trim the roster down to 75 players included the shelving of a couple of highly-recognizable names for at least the first six weeks of the season.
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman has been placed on the reserve/PUP list and running back Marcus Lattimore has landed on reserve/NFI. Both are recovering from torn ACLs; Bowman’s happened in the 2013 NFC title game and Lattimore’s occurred during the 2012 college football season.
It’s unclear whether Lattimore’s absence traces to the knee or some other injury. The team hasn’t said much about Lattimore’s condition.
Also starting the season on the reserve/NFI list will be fullback Trey Millard, cornerback Keith Reaser, and guard Brandon Thomas. Beginning the year on the reserve/PUP list will be tight end Garrett Celek and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey.
All players on NFI or PUP may return to practice after the first six weeks of the 2014 regular season. A window then opens for the players to be added to the active roster or placed on a season-ending reserve list.
The 49ers also waived quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, safety D.J. Campbell, tight end Kevin Greene, running back Jewel Hampton, punter Colton Schmidt, linebacker Kion Wilson, and receiver Devon Wylie. Receiver David Reed was released.
The 49ers currently have 75 players on the roster, the league-wide limit as of 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.