49ers release veteran cornerback Taylor ahead of cut day originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The 49ers on Friday trimmed their roster by one player ahead of the deadline to get to the regular-season limit.
In the early days of training camp, Taylor moved into the lineup with the 49ers’ first-team nickel defense after K’Waun Williams was sidelined with a calf injury.
The 49ers currently roster does not include linebacker Fred Warner, who was placed Monday on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
All NFL teams must trim their rosters to the 53-player regular-season limit by Saturday, 1 p.m.
Teams are allowed to begin constructing their 16-player practice squads on Sunday.
Taylor could return to the 49ers’ practice squad. This season, each team is allowed to sign up to six players with any level of experience to their practice squad.
Taylor, 29, is a seven-year pro who has played for Miami, Cleveland, Arizona, Denver, Atlanta and Seattle throughout his career.
The team’s decision to release Taylor suggests that veteran Jason Verrett, who also can play cornerback and nickel back, likely will be on the team’s 53-man roster. Verrett’s status is in some question after general manager John Lynch disclosed this week he sustained a hamstring injury in practice.