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49ers reportedly release Ethan Westbrooks two days after signing him

Pro Football Rumors logo Pro Football Rumors 6 days ago Zach Links, Pro Football Rumors
Ethan Westbrooks holding a ball: Ethan Westbrooks' stay with the Niners was short-lived. © Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Ethan Westbrooks' stay with the Niners was short-lived.

That was fast. Two days after signing Ethan Westbrooks, the 49ers have released the defensive lineman, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

It’s not clear why the Niners have reversed course so quickly, but this sort of thing usually happens when players are flagged on their physicals. Soon, we’ll probably hear more on why the NFC champs dropped him.

Westbrooks saw a good amount of playing time for the Rams during his five seasons. In 2017, he saw snaps at multiple defensive line spots and notched four sacks in 16 games, which included nine starts.

Last year, Westbrooks signed an offseason deal with the Raiders but did not survive final cuts. He didn’t hook on elsewhere after that, leaving him out of football in 2019.

The Niners will turn their attention to more pressing matters on the defensive line, starting with Arik Armstead's impending free agency.

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