SANTA CLARA -- Travis Johnson was the first known cut by the 49ers on Saturday as they trim their roster from 75 down to 53 by the 3 p.m. deadline.

The former San Jose State star's release was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. Johnson told this newspaper via text message that he'll find out "in a couple of days" if the 49ers plan to place him on the practice squad.

Johnson would first have to clear waivers and if another team doesn't select him, he would be eligible for the practice squad. During the preseason, Johnson had six tackles and one sack, which came during the third preseason game against the Vikings.

Michael Thomas tweeted shortly before 9 a.m. about his release, saying "Got released this morning but still thanking God for the opportunity."

Thomas, a Stanford product, spent last season on the practice squad and is eligible to be on the squad again. He had 13 tackles during the preseason.

The Chronicle is also reporting that rookie fullback Jason Schepler has been waived. He was signed as an undrafted free agent.

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