49ers Release RB, Reunite with DL Austin Bryant in New Roster Move

The San Francisco 49ers are fine-tuning their roster for the NFC Divisional Round, and their first move is to bring back a familiar face

 Austin Bryant, a defensive lineman, made his 49ers debut earlier this year but was released midway through the season.

San Francisco made their first alteration of the week on January 16 via the team's website.

"The San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed DL Austin Bryant to the team's practice squad and released RB Jeremy McNichols," according to the team's official website.

It's not a blockbuster, but it demonstrates where San Francisco is attempting to prepare. It's no surprise that McNichols is being released just before All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey returns to full health.

Furthermore, San Francisco understands Bryant's capabilities as an emergency alternative. While the 49ers have one of the NFL's deepest defensive lines, there is no such thing as being overprepared.

It's been a whirlwind for Bryant. The 27-year-old has appeared on three different rosters in the past year

. Following his release from the 49ers on November 15, the Minnesota Vikings signed him and released him on January 15.

When San Francisco saw him become a free agent again, they did not hesitate to sign him.

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