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Russell Wilson, left, proved to be tough to tackle Sunday against Captain Munnerlyn and the Carolina defense.

49ers notes: Third-string QB becomes important this week

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013 - 6:27 am

SANTA CLARA – The Panthers had Russell Wilson surrounded Sunday, and it seemed as if the Seattle quarterback would be sandwiched between two fast-approaching defensive ends for a key third-down sack.

Instead, Wilson retreated 17 yards, spun away from one defender, ducked under the other one and flung the football – while falling backward – downfield to wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who made a toe-tapping catch on the sideline.

Wilson's Houdini act, which resulted in a first down, is all too familiar to the 49ers' defense. Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks and Co. chased him all around CenturyLink Field in a 42-13 loss in December but sacked him only once.

One play in the third quarter lasted 19 seconds as a scrambling Wilson evaded four tackles as he weaved his way to a 6-yard gain.

This week, however, the 49ers have their own slippery, sub-6-foot quarterback with a big arm to get them ready for the rematch.

Rookie B.J. Daniels, the team's No. 3 quarterback, often has been likened to Wilson because of their similarly low profiles. Both measured 5-10 5/8 inches prior to their respective drafts.

"B.J. and Russell are kind of similar," Smith said Tuesday. "They both use their arms and their legs. I'm sure we'll find a way to get B.J. to give us a good look this week. "

Daniels said he didn't know how he'd be utilized during the week of practice, which begins today, but he ran the scout-team offense in the run-up to the Packers game and he did admit to a likeness between him and the Seahawks quarterback.

"There's a lot of guys around the league that I've watched, that I've studied their game and feel that I have similar attributes to," Daniels said. "And he is one of those people."

Tukuafu waived – With one defensive lineman, Demarcus Dobbs, returning from a one-game suspension this week, the 49ers on Tuesday released another, Will Tukuafu.

Tukuafu appeared in 14 regular-season games last season and was used as a defensive end, a fullback in the team's power formations, and, mostly, as a special-teams player. He had been dealing with a minor knee injury recently.

Both Dobbs and Tony Jerod-Eddie passed Tukuafu on the depth chart at defensive end. Tukuafu was one of seven players who was not in uniform for Sunday's game against the Packers, which foreshadowed today's move. Nose tackles Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey also can play defensive end in the 49ers' 3-4 scheme, and both did so Sunday.

Dobbs served a one-game suspension related to a marijuana-possession charge from last year. Tukuafu is not eligible for the practice squad.

Et cetera – The 49ers on Monday worked out offensive tackle Jason Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft by the Rams in 2009. Smith (6-5, 308 pounds) dealt with injuries – most significant, concussions – while with the Rams, and in 2012 he was traded to the Jets. Since then he has been released by the Jets twice and the Saints once.

• Running back LaMichael James, who sat out Sunday's game against Green Bay with a sprained knee, said he expected to return to practice this week.

• Rookie linebacker Nick Moody was seen in the locker room with a large bandage around his right hand. Moody played 23 snaps on special teams against the Packers.

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