The 49ers released Westbrooks on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Westbrooks was recently signed by the team Wednesday, but he was swiftly cut a few days after. Westbrooks failed to suit up in a 2019 regular-season game, while he's accumulated 79 tackles, nine sacks and a forced fumble across 67 games in his NFL career.
Westbrooks signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Westbrooks didn't see any regular-season action in 2019 after getting cut by the Raiders last August, but he'll now get another chance to compete for a depth role in San Francisco throughout the offseason. The 29-year-old most recently suited up for the Rams in 2018, notching eight tackles (five solo), one sack and one pass breakup in 16 games that season.
Westbrooks (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports. Westbrooks was initially listed as questionable for Sunday's contest after having sat out Friday's practice due to illness, but will ultimately suit up unhindered.
Westbrooks collected four tackles (three solo) and two sacks during Sunday's 32-16 win over Arizona. Considering he played just 22 of 64 defensive snaps, Westbrooks stuffed the stat sheet Sunday. His 21 tackles (13 solo) and four sacks through 12 games for the campaign hardly land him on the fantasy radar. However, with offenses forced to focus on Aaron Donald, the rest of Los Angeles' defensive linemen will continue to have opportunities to pressure opposing quarterbacks.
Westbrooks was arrested Friday for alleged possession of a firearm that wasn't registered to him personally, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reports. Westbrooks was initially pulled over in Kern County, California, for speeding. However, the arresting officer found a loaded handgun in Westbrook's possession that was reported as stolen in 2009. In total, the defensive end is being slapped with five felony charges, including receiving stolen property, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a stolen loaded firearm, grand theft of a firearm and possessing a high-capacity magazine. It isn't clear how the league will respond, but a punishment in some form seems likely.
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