SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers released wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins on Saturday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Hawkins, a former Cal star, was signed in early August to compete for a wide receiver spot on the roster. At the time, the team was dealing with several injuries.

Hawkins caught seven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, which was the highlight of the teams' 41-6 win in the exhibition finale against the San Diego Chargers. He also had a 105-yard kick return for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings, but drew two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the return. The first was for taunting and the second was for removing his helmet.

The 49ers must trim their roster to 53 players by 3 p.m. Saturday. So far, players reported to have been released include LB Travis Johnson, S Michael Thomas, FB Jason Schepler, S Trenton Robinson, OG Wayne Tribue and WR Kassim Osgood.

Thomas and Osgood confirmed their releases via Twitter and Johnson confirm his release to this newspaper.

Additionally, the 49ers are reportedly going to sign FB Owen Marecic. He played for coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and was released by the Cleveland Browns.

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