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49ers to sign wide receiver Lance Lewis, waive Chuck Jacobs

Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 - 9:57 am

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Wide receiver Lance Lewis, who spent time with Washington and Dallas, signed with the 49ers. To make room, the team waived/injured receiver Chuck Jacobs, who suffered a torn ACL on a kickoff return Thursday against Baltimore.

The 49ers are thin at several positions, including receiver. Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd missed Thursday’s game with the Ravens and are not expected to take part in the next three days of joint practices with the Ravens. After the game, Jacobs said he was relieved to have only hyper-extended his knee on the kick return. Further tests revealed the ACL tear.

The 49ers cut one receiver, Jonathan Baldwin, last week and added another, L’Damian Washington. He did not play against Baltimore on Thursday.

Lewis (6-0, 207) signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent from East Carolina in 2012 and appeared in three games last season. The Cowboys picked him up but waived him in May.

The 49ers are especially light on defensive linemen. The had six healthy lineman for the preseason game and lost two more, Demarcus Dobbs and Lawrence Okoye, to ankle injuries.

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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