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49ers release Garrison Sanborn, on to fourth—and likely final—long snapper of season

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The 49ers’ long snapper roulette continues, though it may finally be coming to an end. The 49ers announced on Tuesday that they had released long snapper Garrison Sanborn after three games (and four weeks) with the team. Sanborn was the team’s third long snapper after the season opened with Collin Holba for the first two weeks.

The 38-year-old Jon Condo was signed and took over for Holba in Week 3 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, but retired the following day, leaving the 49ers to add Sanborn. The team’s long snapper for the past few seasons, Kyle Nelson, was suspended for 10 games with four games remaining last season, and just finished his suspension, allowing him to return for this week’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan said the following about Nelson on Monday:

“Hoping to get him back,” Shanahan said. “I know we get a roster exemption for a week, but we should have him in here this week and decide what to do for Sunday.”


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