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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Friday released veteran quarterback Josh Johnson to make room for the re-signing of special-teams player Kassim Osgood.
Osgood was released earlier this week for the signing of Bubba Ventrone. Osgood and Ventrone are both expected to be in uniform for the 49ers' game Monday night against the St. Louis Rams.
Apparently, the 49ers opted to release Osgood earlier in the week because they knew he would not get signed by any team. However, if the 49ers had cut Johnson, there was a chance that he could hook on with another team, including the Rams. Osgood has been released and re-signed three times this season.
This is the second time the 49ers have cut Johnson late in the week to create a roster spot. The 49ers released Johnson on Sept. 20 to sign tight end Xavier Grimble. Three days later, the 49ers re-signed Johnson and waived Grimble.
Blaine Gabbert is the 49ers' backup quarterback behind starter Colin Kaepernick.