A little over a week ago Jarryd Hayne spoke about the "cut-throat" nature of the NFL, a multi-billion dollar sports league where the rewards are immense and the falls steep.
The former Parramatta Eels fullback was fired by the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday after six regular-season games.
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It came as a shock to fans and media, although, taking into account the sad state of the two-win five-loss 49ers and the injury to their star running back Carlos Hyde, it was an understandable move.
It appears Hayne won't be out of an NFL job.
He could be back at the 49ers by Tuesday, but the chances are he'll be on a plane on Monday to one of the other 31 NFL teams, quite possibly the Detroit Lions.
"Blessed for another test," Hayne wrote in a tweet.
Blessed for another test. Thanks for the love TW. Wish my guys all the best against the Rams. if nothing happens Ill be back on Tuesday✌🏽— jarryd hayne (@JarrydHayne) October 31, 2015
The 49ers don't believe Hayne is ready to play running back in the NFL and with Hyde out for an unknown number of games with a foot stress fracture they promoted former University of Richmond running back Kendall Gaskins to their 53-man roster.
NFL teams have 24 hours to submit a claim for Hayne.
The teams with the worst records - the Lions and Baltimore Ravens sit on the bottom of the ladder - have first pick, but if there are no takers among all of the clubs the 49ers can sign Hayne to their practice squad.
There the 49ers can continue shaping him into an NFL player.
"If nothing happens I'll be back on Tuesday," Hayne tweeted.
One of the most cut-throat aspects of the NFL is players might sign multi-year contracts with teams for tens of millions of dollars, but when a player is axed they only receive money that's guaranteed.
Hayne signed a three-year, $US1.5 million contract with the 49ers, but he will only receive the $US108,000 guaranteed and the money he has already collected during the season.
Hayne, who was in St Louis with the team ahead of Sunday's (Monday AEDT) game against the Rams, was watching the Wallabies play the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup final on TV before he was notified of his axing.
It's likely NRL and rugby union clubs will also feel out Hayne's Australian manager Wayne Beavis to see if he might want to return home.
If Hayne stays with the NFL the Lions, with their woeful one-win six-loss season, appear to be in pole position to sign him.
A year ago when Hayne quit the NRL it seemed he would end up in Detroit, but the 49ers swooped.
"If Detroit Lions are still interested, Jarryd Hayne just hit waivers," MLive.com, one of Michigan's leading news websites, trumpeted.
The Ravens are the NFL's other bottom feeder, while the Tennessee Titans, after a bye, have a slightly better one-win five-loss record.
According to sources, the 49ers are hoping the other 31 NFL teams all pass on Hayne and they can sign him to their practice squad.
Practice squad players train with the team but don't play games and don't get paid as much, but it's a situation the 49ers would use to continue to teach Hayne the NFL.
"Jarryd will most likely be back to work on Mon or Tues either with the Niners or another team," Hayne's US agent Jack Bechta wrote in a tweet.
"He has to clear waivers now over next 48 hrs."
Another team expected to be keen on Hayne are the 49ers' arch rivals the Seattle Seahawks, who showed interest in the Australian a year ago.
Last week Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, one of the NFL's great innovators, was still bullish on Hayne.
"We had a lot of thoughts about how we were going to use him," Carroll said.
The Seahawks, with their middle of the pack three-win four-loss record, will have to hope Hayne is bypassed by 13 other teams.
Other teams with among the worst records include the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers.