49ers add veteran defensive back McBath

49ers add veteran defensive back McBath
July 23, 2012, 5:29 pm
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The 49ers signed defensive back Darcel McBath, whom the Jacksonville Jaguars cut in April, as they reached the 90-player roster maximum before the opening of training camp.The 49ers also placed linebacker Darius Fleming on the physically unable to perform list, with guard Joe Looney and running back Jewel Hampton going on the non-football injury list.The club announced the signing of McBath on Monday, but the other moves appeared on the wire that was distributed throughout the league. Although he has played his entire career at cornerback, the 49ers list McBath as a safety.The 49ers are prepared to start training camp without Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson, who has given no indication whether he plans to sign his franchise tender and report on time.
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McBath (6-foot-1, 198 pounds) was a second-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2009 out of Texas Tech. He saw action in 20 games over two seasons with the Broncos, where he played under current 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell. McBath played one game last season with the Jaguars. He was cut in July.
Rookies and selected veterans are scheduled for their first practice of training camp on Monday. On Friday, the 49ers will hold their first full-squad practice.Fleming, a fifth-round draft pick, sustained a torn ACL this offseason and is likely ticketed for injured reserve. Looney sustained a foot fracture while practicing for the Senior Bowl in January.