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49ers claim DB Cleveland Wallace off waivers, waive Lenny Jones

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The 49ers added some deep depth to the secondary with a UDFA addition on Thursday.

The San Francisco 49ers have made a roster move. The team announced on Thursday they have claimed defensive back Cleveland Wallace off waivers from the Houston Texans. To make room for Wallace, they waived outside linebacker Lenny Jones.

There has been no word of injuries in the second, but the move could be due to Jaquiski Tartt’s absence. The 49ers placed Tartt on the Active/NFI list with a quad injury and he has yet to return. He has been working on a stationary bike and doing other rehab work, but there is no indication when he will return. It is possible the team wants some depth for the first preseason game in case Tartt is going to be limited heading into that. Chip Kelly meets with the media on Friday, so I’m sure he’ll get a question about it.

Here is the press release from the 49ers:

Wallace (5-11, 177) originally signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2016 and recently waived on August 3.

A 22-year-old native of Mountain View, CA, Wallace played two seasons at San Jose State University (2014-15), after transferring from the University of Washington (2012-13). He appeared in 25 games in his two seasons at SJSU following 10 games played at Washington (2012-13). With the Spartans, he earned Second-Team All-Mountain West honors in 2014, and was a honorable mention selection in 2015. Throughout his collegiate career, he registered 79 tackles and five interceptions.

Jones (6-3, 270) originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2016, after appearing in 50 games (31 starts) and recording 149 tackles, 31.5 TFLs and 19.0 sacks during his career at the University of Nevada.