Friday, December 15, 2017
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49ers give Australian rugby star Hayne the boot

Australian rookie Jarryd Hayne surprisingly got released Saturday by the 49ers, a day before the last-place squad visits the Rams.

Hayne, a former rugby star, is eligible to return to the 49ers on their practice squad if he clears waivers, which seems unlikely but still is something the 49ers desire, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Teams, in order of worst record, can submit a claim in the next 24 hours, but a formal awarding of his rights won't take place until Monday.

The 49ers replaced Hayne by promoting running back Kendall Gaskins from the practice squad.

Hayne has flashed potential as a punt returner and running back since the preseason, though he has made a few mistakes along the way, as expected from someone who'd never previously played football.

BUCS MOVES: The Bucs promoted rookie defensive end Josh Shirley from the practice squad and waived injured tackle Reid Fragel. Shirley, who played at Washington and UNLV and had two sacks in the preseason with the Raiders, spent the past three weeks on the Bucs' practice squad. With defensive tackles Clinton McDonald and Tony McDaniel out this week with injuries, the Bucs likely will use starting defensive end Will Gholston some as a backup tackle, and Shirley provides depth at end.

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