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November 27, 2012
49ers to sign WR Hall to practice squad

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The 49ers plan to sign former Eagles receiver and return man Chad Hall to the practice squad today. Hall (5-8, 187) potentially provides depth at returner and gives the 49ers another receiver at practice after the team lost Kyle Williams for the season with an ACL tear. Hall appeared in 15 games for the Eagles in 2010-11 and made one start. He must pass a physical before the transaction is complete.

The signing, however, means the 49ers will have an open spot on their 53-man roster after Williams is placed on injured reserve. It's not not known at this point how they will fill that spot, and it could be that someone currently on the practice squad is being elevated to the 53-man roster.

That Hall is going to the practice squad is an indication that Ted Ginn's wrist injury, which limited his action Sunday, is not severe. On the radio Monday, general manager Trent Baalke spoke about Ginn having to have a bigger role at receiver with Williams out. Cornerback Perrish Cox and/or running back LaMichael James figure to provide backup support to Ginn.

There has been no word yet on the severity of Kendall Hunter's ankle injury. The 49ers' No. 2 running back and backup kick returner was hurt on the same third-down play as Williams.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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