49ers open up roster spot by releasing kicker

BRADENTON, Fla. — Two kickers proved one too many for a 49ers team that apparently needs a roster spot for an injury replacement, likely on defense.

Rookie Chase McLaughlin got released Tuesday after filling in three games for Robbie Gould, who hopes to rebound from a rough start (14-of-22 field-goal attempts) and finish strong for the playoff-seeking 49ers (10-2).

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: San Francisco 49ers’ Chase McLaughlin (5) heads off the field following their 36-26 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

McLaughlin made 7-of-8 field-goal tries, and the one that got away was a potential game-winner that he missed in a Nov. 11 overtime loss to Seattle.

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Perhaps a defensive tackle such as Kevin Givens (practice squad) or Kentavius Street (injured reserve) is needed to replace Jullian Taylor (elbow), or perhaps they call up a defensive back after injuries to safety Jacquiski Tartt (ribs) and cornerback Richard Sherman (knee) in Sunday’s 20-17 loss at Baltimore.

The 49ers swapped out practice-squad players Wednesday by re-signing Chris Thompson and releasing offensive lineman Will Holden.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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