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49ers Sign CB; Release Spurlock

The 49ers today signed CB Keith Smith to the active roster. The team was looking to build some depth at the position after Nate Clements hurt his shoulder during a punt return against the Colts on Sunday. Clements is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. When speaking of Nate and the possibility of IR Mike Singletary claimed that the team would "need him in the playoffs."

Smith is a six year man who played for the Detroit Lions his first five seasons before being released at the beginning of this season. Most in Detroit saw the release as a surprise, though it appeared he struggled in training camp to distinguish himself.

To make room for Smith the 49ers released WR Micheal Spurlock today. Spurlock was listed as the team's number two kick returner and was kept around due to his versatility in that he could play many receiver positions, return kicks and manage the 49ers version of the wildcat, the Taser. Still, fans have been wondering just why he was actually kept around considering he hasn't been used at all in the return game nor the Taser formation, mostly because the team has kept him inactive on game days.

The team also released TE Carson Butler from the practice squad and once again have an opening. Lastly, 49ers LT Joe Staley is expected to miss six weeks with an injury.


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