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December 4, 2012
49ers sign ex-Mountain Lion player Hoffman-Ellis

The 49ers added an ex-Sacramento Mountain Lion to their practice squad. Linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis worked out for the team on Monday alongside former Vikings and Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards. The team signed Hoffman-Ellis today. To make room, they released safety Eddie Whitley from the practice squad.

Hoffman-Ellis played under former Washington State head coach Paul Wulff, who is now an assistant on the 49ers staff. An undrafted rookie, he spent the offseason with the Rams before being released prior to the regular season. He also played for the UFL's Mountain Lions.

Hoffman-Ellis (6-0, 232) played outside linebacker for the Rams and Mountain Lions. He excelled on special teams, however, which is where the 49ers likely are eying him on what Jim Harbaugh calls the "developmental squad."

- 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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