Niners make Tuesday roster moves; more to come?
To reach Tuesday's roster limit, the Niners waived rookie tackle Harvey Dahl and fourth-year receiver Jason McAddley while placing second-year receiver Derrick Hamilton on the physically unable to perform-reserve list. San Francisco currently has 68 players on its roster, but the team has three NFL Europe roster exemptions through the end of this week. Hamilton's designation means he'll miss at least the first six weeks of the season. At that point, the 49ers will have a three-week window to determine if Hamilton will return in 2005 or be placed on injured reserve. Hamilton was making a strong bid in spring drills to be the team's third receiver this year before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a May practice. He had surgery on the knee that was expected to keep him out for the season, but Nolan said there's still a chance he could return later this year. "We're kind of keeping that door open a little bit," coach Mike Nolan said. "I think it's highly doubtful, but he could. It would be one thing if he was a polished receiver priot to being injured, but he's still a developing guy. It's hard to think that he will be able to come off an injury and be able to contribute right away. That is why we are doing it how we are. If, God forbid, some injuries were to occure, you still want to be working with your own people." Nolan, who said he and team personnel would scan the waiver wires this week, was asked specifically about two veterans who recently have become available on the open market. When asked if he was interested in receiver Peter Warrick, Nolan answered succinctly, "No." But it was a different response when defensive tackle Corey Simon was mentioned. Simon recently had the franchise taken off him by the Philadelphia Eagles and became an unrestricted free agent. When asked if he was interested in Simon, Nolan responded, "Yes, but how far it will go, we will have to wait and see. We talked about him, but right now it's not in any negotiations. We talked about it inside. It's not serious right now." Even though Simon's a true 4-3 tackle, Nolan can envision Simon fitting in just fine in San Francisco's new 3-4 scheme. "Oh, yeah, good players always fit," he said. "If he was good enough to change what we do, we'd do that." Nolan said there wasn't anybody released by other team's during this week's first roster cuts that the team wanted to jump on immediately, but he expects that will change by the time final cuts are made on Sept. 4. "I didn't get excited about anybody on this one," Nolan said. "I didn't think I would. I was just hopeful, but I didn't see any that interested me. We'll see how it goes when everybody cuts down to 53, and hopefully there will be some guys that intrigue us, if nothing else, because we have first dibs on everybody." The 49ers did bring in second-year cornerback Lance Frazier for a physical. Frazier played last year in Dallas, where he had 40 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games. He also had a 9.5 average on 24 punt returns. Frazier has an ankle problem that will need at least a month longer to heal. "He's the only one that was on the waiver wire a few days ago," Nolan said. "I thought he had some skill we can use, but he's injured. Nothing is going to happen with that any time soon. In a month or so we can take a look at him again, but he has to get his ankle well."
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