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49ers signed 2 players to the practice squad; released OL Henry Byrd

With George Odum and Talanoa Hufanga out, the Niners added a pair of defensive backs.

NFL: AUG 01 Los Angeles Chargers Training Camp Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

NFL Network reported that on Monday night that the 49ers signed safety Erik Harris to the practice squad. San Francisco made that move official on Tuesday. The team also signed cornerback Kemon Hall to the practice squad. The corresponding move was to release Henry Byrd.

Hall was an undrafted free agent in 2019. He was on the Chargers practice squad for much of the season, before signing with Minnesota in December 2019. In 2020, Hall was in the Vikings training camp, and was also on the practice squad for the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys.

Hall returned to the Chargers in 2021, where he appeared in 18 games. Hall was released before the start of the 2023 season by the Chargers.

Harris has the best chance to be called up from the practice squad given his starting experience in the NFL. Harris started 14 games in 2019 and 12 games for the Raiders in 2020 and 2021.

The 49ers were probably attracted to Harris’s value on special teams, where he played on every coverage unit with Atlanta.