49ers’ sixth-round pick Jason Slowey among cuts

Rookie center Jason Slowey was among the 12 players cut Monday

by the San Francisco 49ers as they trimmed their roster to 75.

Slowey, a sixth-round draft pick out of Western Oregon,

struggled to make an impact during training camp for the reigning

NFC West champions and was waived. In addition, San Francisco

placed running back Jewel Hampton on the non-football Injury list

and linebacker Darius Fleming on the physically unable to perform

list. Neither is eligible to return to practice until at least the

Tuesday after the completion of Week 6 games.

Also cut Monday were fullback Cameron Bell, outside linebacker

Kourtnei Brown, defensive tackles Patrick Butrym and Matthew

Masifilo, wide receivers Ben Hannula, Joe Hastings and Brian Tyms,

cornerbacks Cory Nelms and Deante’ Purvis, tight end Joe Sawyer and

kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said the 49ers would consider

some of the players released for this year’s practice squad.

”Obviously at this time of the camp you have to let some guys

go,” Fangio said. ”Sometimes we don’t want to, we think they’re

young guys who have some potential. We’ll look into some of them

potentially as practice squad players or maybe to bring back next

offseason when you start signing players in February or guys to

keep on in case you have some injuries.”

On Friday, the Niners (No. 4 in the AP Pro32) must make another

round of cuts to finalize their 53-man roster ahead of the season

opener Sept. 9 at Green Bay. San Francisco’s last preseason game is

Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers at Candlestick


Everybody is eager to start the season – with high expectations

of reaching the Super Bowl after last season’s near miss.

”The guys are ready to go, that’s for sure … ,” Fangio said.

”This is still a great time to learn, perfect your craft, excel in

your technique. We have to be able to do that, and we weren’t

perfect on that the other night by any means.”

Cornerback Tramaine Brock is among those players considered on

the bubble to make the team after he struggled to defend the

Broncos in the Niners’ 29-24 exhibition win at Denver on Sunday

night. San Francisco has depth in the secondary, with starting

cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown and capable backups in

Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver.

”He’s got a little hand injury that he’s fighting through but

nothing that should affect him a great deal,” Fangio said of

Brock. ”He’s played better.”

The 25-year-old Hastings was active for only the final

regular-season game of 2011, a 34-27 victory at St. Louis. His

presence provided depth after Braylon Edwards was released and

wideouts Ted Ginn Jr. and Kyle Williams dealt with injuries.

The coaches will make more critical evaluations in the coming


Fangio said playing time for Thursday night for the defense

would be ”more so on an individual basis than on a unit


Yet Fangio would like to see some things cleaned up in the

preseason finale after a frustrating performance by San Francisco’s

D against Denver. The 49ers fell behind 17-0 in the first quarter

before rallying to win, outscoring the Broncos’ backups 19-0 after


While the 49ers brought all 11 defensive starters back from

2011, Fangio said it was the backups who also had problems and he

was ”particularly disappointed” with some of their


”It was just nothing special,” he said, noting his players

might not have been as well prepared as they would be game-planning

for the regular season. ”You’re still disappointed in the results

because all the defenses we played yesterday are things that we’ll

carry into each and every game.”

They also watched Peyton Manning complete 10 of 12 passes for

122 yards in less than a quarter on the field – including TD

completions of 10 and 5 yards to Eric Decker.

Linebacker Aldon Smith understands Fangio’s disappointment and

insists the defense is ready to get to the games that count.

”It is preseason and you’re figuring a lot of things out,”

Smith said. ”Every game’s not going to be the best you may hope

for. We’ve come a long way and we’ve still got a long way to go.

I’m optimistic about it and I think we’ll be fine. I think we’re

ready to go.”

Notes: Ginn moved slowly through the locker room with a walking

boot on his right foot Monday after hurting his ankle early in the

second half Sunday. He didn’t comment when asked when he might

return. … DE/TE Demarcus Dobbs was on crutches Monday with his

left leg wrapped. .

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