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49ers sign free agent WR Lance Lewis, waive Chuck Jacobs

The 49ers have signed free agent wide receiver Lance Lewis on Saturday in the wake of Chuck Jacobs ACL tear.

Jacobs tore his ACL in his right knee during the Niners first exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.To make room for Lewis on the roster the team waived Jacobs and are expecting him to clear waivers and end up on the injured reserve list. This is another unfortunate setback for 49ers as they have seen both Kendall Hunter and Glenn Dorsey go down with season ending injuries.

Lewis (6’2 – 207 lbs.) will join a deep wide receiving core and will most likely be filling Jacobs spot on the scout team and practice squad. He signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent from East Carolina in 2012. He had also been on Washington’s active roster for three games last season.

This will be the second wideout the Niners have added in the past week, claiming  L’Damian Washington off waivers from Dallas. Washington is a 6-foot-4 receiver who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at Missouri’s pro day. He’s overcome a life of hardship, having lost both his parents by the time he was 15. To make room for Washington they released Jon Baldwin who has a similar size/speed combo but failed to see any significant playing time.

Jim Harbaugh announced that Jacobs will be out for the season between Saturday’s joint practices at the Baltimore Ravens’ facility. This was a tough loss for Harbaugh and close teammate Chris Culliver who trained with Jacobs.

“That hurt me. That was my guy,” cornerback Chris Culliver said. “That was my guy who worked out with me in the offseason, that was my guy who kind of stuck around and understood the process I was going through.”

Culliver spent the offseason recovering from his own torn ACL, sustained in last summer’s training camp. A year later, Culliver started at right cornerback in the exhibition opener.”Like I told you before, it’s so easy to do, and you’ve seen it a couple times, now,” said Culliver, alluding to the ACL tear Kendall Hunter sustained two weeks ago in practice.

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