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Reports: 49ers claim rookie LB Gibson

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By PFW staff

The 49ers have claimed LB Thaddeus Gibson off waivers, according to multiple reports. The Steelers released the rookie on Saturday.

Gibson, the Steelers' fourth-round pick in April's draft out of Ohio State, had not played yet this season, stuck far down the depth chart in a stacked linebacking corps.

The Steelers released Gibson to promote DL Steve McLendon. Their defensive line has been hammered with injuries.

"Linebacker is our deepest position and (Gibson) is the low man on the totem pole, so we had to make that necessary move," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said on Saturday. "We were thin at defensive line. It's just one of the casualties of this profession."

The way we see it

Gibson seemed to have a lot of potential, but he was drafted by the wrong team if he wanted to see some playing time this season. Rookie OLB Jason Worilds has played very well, and, as Tomlin said, Gibson was at the bottom of the depth chart. The 49ers' linebackers have not been great this season, and it is possible Mike Singletary sees something he likes in Gibson.

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