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The 49ers gave rookie running back Glenn Winston a chance, but the Cleveland Browns are giving him a job.
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The Browns claimed Winston off waivers from the 49ers, according to a source close to Winston. He led the 49ers during the exhibition season with 113 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Winston will be joining guard Ryan Seymour, whom the Browns also claimed off waivers from the 49ers, a source confirmed. And cornerback Darryl Morris, a surprise cut on Saturday, was claimed by the Houston Texans, NFL.com reported. All three players were among the 49ers’ final cuts, as they reached the 53-player limit on Saturday.
Winston, who was kicked offf the Michigan State football team in 2009 after two assaults, took a long journey to the NFL. The 49ers signed him on Aug. 4 after running back Kendall Hunter's season-ending knee injury.
Seymour spent the final six games, including playoffs, on the 49ers' 53-man roster last season after he was claimed off the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad. According to a source, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh pleaded with Seymour on Saturday to sign with the 49ers' practice squad if he did not get claimed off waivers.
Morris was promoted to the 49ers' 53-man roster in Week 4 of last season and appeared in 13 games as an undrafted rookie from Texas State. The 49ers kept Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver, Chris Cook, Perrish Cox and Dontae Johnson ahead of Morris. The 49ers also placed rookie Kenneth Acker on injured reserve with a foot injury.