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August 22, 2013
McBath goes on injured reserve; 49ers sign Holland

Darcel McBath saved a touchdown Friday in Kansas City, and while doing so ended his season. McBath, a safety, was placed on injured reserve today with a foot injury he suffered while running down Chiefs punt returner Devon Wylie in the third quarter.

Taking his place on the active roster is inside linebacker Joe Holland, who was waived by the Buccaneers this week. Holland joined the 49ers as an undrafted free agent from Purdue last offseason and played well. He was among the 49ers' final cuts, and he later spent time on the practice squad for the Dolphins and Buccaneers. The 49ers likely signed him because inside linebacker Nate Stupar, another special teams player, has missed practice this week with an undisclosed injury.

McBath, meanwhile, was a backup safety a year ago and also appeared on special teams. Along with Patrick Willis, he stopped a fake field goal attempt by the Ravens in the second quarter of the Super Bowl. However, he appeared to have the best shot at tackling Ravens returner Jacoby Jones early in his 108-yard touchdown to open the second half.

The others on injured reserve are LB Darius Fleming (ACL), WR Brandon Carswell (ACL) and FB Alex Debniak (Achilles').

-- 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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