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49ers release Ben Boulware from practice squad

Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware answers a question during an NCAA college football news conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 in the College Football Playoff National Championship game the night before. Boulware was the defensive player of the game.
Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware answers a question during an NCAA college football news conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 in the College Football Playoff National Championship game the night before. Boulware was the defensive player of the game. AP

Ben Boulware, we hardly knew ya.

The 49ers, who signed Boulware, the former Clemson and Carolina Panthers linebacker, a week ago to their practice squad, released him on Tuesday. They signed defensive back Jarnor Jones (6-foot-3, 209 pounds), who was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent this spring, to replace him.

Boulware won the Jack Lambert Award last season as the nation’s top linebacker, and he was the co-MVP of the national championship game against Alabama along with quarterback Deshaun Watson. He led the Tigers in tackles in each of the last two seasons and is known for his feisty, pugnacious play.

Boulware was signed by the Carolina Panthers – who beat the 49ers on Sunday – as an undrafted free agent in May, spent the offseason with them and was released earlier this month. One of San Francisco’s inside linebackers, Reuben Foster, is expected to miss at least two games after suffering a high-ankle sprain Sunday. Ray-Ray Armstrong is the frontrunner to take his place in the starting lineup.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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