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49ers sign LB Sean Porter

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Releasing Jeremy Zuttah opened a roster spot for another linebacker.

The San Francisco 49ers released offensive linemen Jeremy Zuttah before a snap was played in their first preseason game. This opened a spot on the roster which they surprisingly filled with linebacker Sean Porter.

Porter was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 draft by the Bengals and spent his first season on injured reserve after tearing his labrum in training camp. His second season with the Bengals ended in training camp as well with an ACL injury. He was released in November of 2015.

Porter was signed a month later by the Jaguars and spent some time on the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster in December. After playing in two games he injured his hamstring. He was released by Jacksonville in May 2017.

Porter attended Texas A&M where in his junior year he was selected first-team All Big 12 Conference.

Losing Malcolm Smith and the question of Donavin Newsom’s health did create a need at the linebacker position. Brock Coyle has also been hampered by a rib injury during training camp. The team signed Jayson DiManche over the weekend to bolster the unit along with Porter.