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January 20, 2013
49ers promote Chad Hall to active roster; move not related to Crabtree

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The 49ers filled Billy Cundiff's former roster spot with practice-squad wideout Chad Hall. The 49ers acquired Hall (5-8, 187 pounds) in November. He has regular-season experience with the Eagles having played both receiver and running back and having returned punts.

The move comes on the heels of the news that wideout Michael Crabtree was interviewed in connection with an alleged sexual assault on Friday. While the 49ers are short on wideouts -- with Hall, they now have five on the active roster -- the two storylines are unrelated.

Instead, under league rules someone like Hall, who has been on a practice squad for three seasons, must be elevated to the active roster if there is an opening on game day. You might recall that Hall was briefly released from the practice squad earlier this season when the 49ers had a similar roster opening on game day. He was re-acquired at the beginning of the next week, allowing the 49ers to circumvent the league rule.

-- 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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