Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Everyone have a great Labor Day!

Enjoy your dump:

— A day after the 49ers released nine-year veteran Josh McCown, they brought in a decidedly younger man to replace him Sunday.

Scott Tolzien’s last pass of the exhibition season was for a touchdown Thursday against the 49ers. His next pass apparently will be for the 49ers. Multiple outlets are reporting the 49ers have claimed Tolzien, an undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin who was released Saturday by the San Diego Chargers.

Despite what was a disappointing season for a team with high expectations in 2010, the defensive front seven of the Minnesota Vikings remained a force to be reckoned with. The defensive line, led by game-changers DE Jarred Allen and All-Pro DT Kevin Williams is one of the best in the business. Williams will be sitting out a two-game suspension and will not play against the Chargers next Sunday.

But the No.1 priority – if there can ever be such a thing truly defined for a football team – is to keep Bob Sanders healthy.

Two shy of the eight-player limit, the San Diego Chargers signed six players to the practice squad today: They signed linebacker Bront Bird, defensive tackle Charlie Bryant, offensive tackle Steve Schilling, cornerback Traye Simmons, fullback Frank Summers and tight end Brad Taylor.

Bird, a Permian graduate who played his college ball at Texas Tech, made 13 preseason tackles for the Chargers at inside linebacker before being released in the Chargers’ final round of cuts from 80 to 53 players on Saturday. San Diego kept 11 linebackers, a high number for any team, even a team that primarily runs a 3-4.

Another Rochester player was not as fortunate as Sherels. Rookie running back Isaac Odim of Century was trying to earn a spot with the San Diego Chargers. He was cut on Saturday, but is still a candidate to earn a spot on a practice squad. As of Sunday, the Chargers had signed six of their seven practice squad players and Odim was not among them.