SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 1: Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards #81 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the San Diego Chargers during their preseason NFL Game on September 1, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Braylon Edwards Announces His Own Release From 49ers

In what turned into an unsuccessful endeavor, wide receiver Braylon Edwards has been released from the San Francisco 49ers. For more on the release and the team in general, check out Niners Nation.

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San Francisco 49ers Promote Joe Hastings From Practice Squad, Will Likely Play Against Rams

The San Francisco 49ers needed to find a replacement for Braylon Edwards after releasing him earlier in the week and they have promoted wide receiver Joe Hastings from the practice squad to take his place. According to an official release, Hastings (6-0, 185) originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on July 27, 2011. He was released following training camp and was signed to the 49ers practice squad on September 4.

A 24-year old native of Wichita, KS, Hastings starred collegiately at Washburn University where he played in 35 games (14 starts), and hauled in 119 receptions for 2,033 yards and 17 TDs during his career. Hastings will wear No. 13 on Sunday.

Due to the lack of depth in the organization among wide receivers, the team will likely give Hastings a tryout of sorts against the Rams to see if he is capable of filling in for the playoffs. Due to Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams being injured, the 49ers will likely go with Michael Crabtree, Brett Swain and Joe Hastings as their starting receivers. If one of them get injured, well, it could get ugly in San Francisco.

Should Hastings not cut it on Sunday, the 49ers are rumored to have a veteran WR waiting in the wings to replace him in the playoffs. With the practice squad being more and more involved with the team, one has to wonder if the change will affect team chemistry, especially if they bring in an outsider to fill in for Hastings.

For more, head on over to Niners Nation.


San Francisco 49ers Could Pursue Veteran WR To Replace Braylon Edwards

The San Francisco 49ers need to fill a hole in their roster with Braylon Edwards out.

The Niners are putting Joe Hastings on the roster for now, but don't expect him to make a real impact come playoff time; Hastings is a rookie on the practice squad and is probably trying out in competition with whatever wideouts San Francisco decides to take a look at for the playoff run. Hastings could earn the spot, but the 49ers could look at other more experienced receivers.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at two other potential possibilties, both of whom have strong and veteran experience that could serve them well in the playoffs.

In October, after wideout Joshua Morgan suffered a broken leg that ended his season, San Francisco worked out a group of wideouts that included Hastings and NFL veterans Brian Finneran, Chris Chambers and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who signed with the Raiders on Nov. 1. Niners coach Jim Harbaugh was impressed by the workout participants.

"Their workout was outstanding," Harbaugh said on Oct. 12. "You really like the whole group; it was like ‘That’s a heck of a group.’"

Both Chambers and Finneran are probably good fits for the Niners based on experience and general production level for what they need come playoff time. Of the two, Finneran seems to resemble Edwards the most in terms of being a physical receiver who can go up and make critical catches, which will be crucial if the Niners get around to playing the best in the West. Chambers isn't too bad himself, and is a little bit younger than Finneran.

To discuss the pursuit of the 49ers to land another wide receiver before the playoffs, head to Niners Nation.


Terrell Owens Reaches Out To Donte Whitner Looking For A Job With 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have a glaring shortage of wide receivers now that Braylon Edwards has been released, and the team is searching for ways to fill the void. According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco the 49ers plan on using in-house talent to take up Edwards' mantle, though former 49ers receiver Terrell Owens has been reaching out to current 49ers to let them know he's available if they need him.

Owens tweeted Donte Whitner, his former teammate in Buffalo, to let him know that he is ready to return to the Bay:

Whitner vouched for him nicely, though I doubt it will sway Jim Harbaugh in any way to sign another veteran receiver with pre-madonna tendencies and a healing lower leg injury:

Owens hasn't played at all this season due to a knee injury, and no NFL team has showed interest in picking him up. I wish T.O. all the best, but I think a return to the Niners would be a bad move for everyone.

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San Francisco 49ers Release Braylon Edwards

In what turned into an unsuccessful endeavor, wide receiver Braylon Edwards has been released from the San Francisco 49ers.

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