SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The San Francisco 49ers have lost defensive tackle Josh Shaw, who had been suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
The San Jose Mercury News reported Wednesday that Shaw, a second-year player from Michigan State, is in Florida for a mandatory month-long rehabilitation program without pay. He is eligible to return on Sept. 29.
"Josh has been suspended and has entered the rehabilitation program in Florida," said Coach Dennis Erickson. "We will re-evaluate Josh in a month, but the most important thing for him is to take care of himself. Obviously, he has to get himself straight."
Shaw will not count against the 49ers 53-man roster until he is eligible to return, at which time the 49ers must decide whether to keep him or release him.
The suspension forced the 49ers to bring back defensive tackle Dwight Johnson. He initially was on the list of roster cuts, but backup Jim Flanigan has a calf injury, depleting the depth at that position.