Middlebrooks waived again; three signed to PS

The 49ers waived veteran cornerback Willie Middlebrooks for the third time this year Tuesday and replaced him on the 53-man roster by signing cornerback B.J. Tucker from the team's practice squad. The Niners also signed three young prospects to their practice squad.

The 49ers' official roster count remains at 52 players after the move.

Tucker (5-foot-10, 188 pounds) originally was a sixth-round draft pick by Dallas in 2003 out of Wisconsin. He was waived by the Cowboys following training camp in 2003 before being signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad where he finished the season.

After being waived by Pittsburgh in June of 2004, he remained out of football until being signed by Seattle and allocated to NFL Europe in February of 2005. He joined the 49ers practice squad on September 15 after being waived by Seattle in training camp.

Middlebrooks (6-1, 200) went to training camp with San Francisco after the 49ers traded defensive end John Engelberger to the Denver Broncos in July to acquire him. He was waived by the 49ers on the final cut on September 3 and then re-signed with the team in late September.

The 49ers also signed three players to their practice squad, waived one player from the squad and lost one player to the New York Jets' active roster.

The 49ers signed safety Deandre Eiland, offensive guard Jim Jones and linebacker Renauld Williams to the practice squad. The 49ers waived linebacker Ronald Stanley from the practice squad and announced that center Norm Katnik was signed from the 49ers practice squad to the New York Jets 53-man roster.

Eiland (5-11, 209) was originally a sixth-round draft choice by Minnesota in 2004 out of South Carolina. He spent time on the practice squads of Minnesota and Indianapolis before being signed to the 53-man roster of the Miami Dolphins. Eiland was waived by Miami after training camp this past summer.

Jones (6-3, 315) originally joined the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent out of Notre Dame in 2001. He spent parts of the 2002 and 2003 seasons on the Baltimore practice squad before being signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jones made the Pittsburgh 53-man roster in 2004 but was inactive for all 16 regular season games and both playoff games. He was waived by Pittsburgh prior to the start of the regular season.

Williams (6-0, 238) originally joined San Francisco as a rookie free agent out of Hofstra in 2004. After being waived by the 49ers in training camp, he joined the Miami practice squad and then was signed to the Dolphins 53-man roster and played in two games as a reserve. He went to training camp this past summer with the Cleveland Browns.


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