The San Francisco 49ers claimed and were awarded LB Ahmad Brooks off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals. To make room on the 53-man roster for Brooks the 49ers waived LB Dontarrious Thomas.
Brooks (6-3, 259) originally joined the Bengals in 2006 as third-round draft pick in the supplemental draft out of Virginia. He played in 11 games with five starts at middle linebacker as a rookie and posted 46 total tackles. Brooks started the first two games last season for Cincinnati but suffered a groin injury that ended his season.
The 49ers also signed six players to their practice squad: RB Thomas Clayton, DT Atiyyah Ellison, TE J.J. Finley, LB Larry Grant, DE Louis Holmes and WR Dominique Zeigler. All of those players went to training camp with the 49ers and were waived yesterday in the final cut.
First-year G Ramiro Pruneda was transferred to the practice squad as part of the NFL's international practice squad program.
The 49ers have two practice squad positions that still need to be filled.