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August 29, 2013
QB Seneca Wallace doesn't make trip to San Diego

Quarterback Seneca Wallace, who was signed a week ago by the 49ers, did not make the trip to San Diego for the preseason finale. The 49ers said that Wallace, a nine-year veteran, chose not to make the trip for "personal reasons." After the game, Jim Harbaugh said Wallace told him he didn't want to continue playing football.

"Never seen it done on game day," Harbaugh said. "Wish him well. Gave Colt (McCoy) and B.J. Daniels) more snaps tonight."

The three quarterbacks on hand for today's preseason finale -- and likely the team's quarterback corps going into the season -- were Colin Kaepernick, McCoy and rookie Daniels. Wallace was scheduled to play at the end of the game. Wallace, 33, did not play last season and was cut by the Saints earlier this month.

When Wallace was signed Aug. 22, McCoy seemed to be on shaky ground after two poor outings. However, he was better in the third game Sunday -- and perhaps more important, he restructured his contract -- and Jim Harbaugh named him the No. 2 quarterback after the game.

Asked Monday about the string of events, Wallace (Cordova High) said, "I'm just coming in and trying to do what I can. Harbaugh's been here for a long period time and has been doing a great job and knows what this team needs, and whatever that is -- looking for a No. 2 (quarterback) or a solid No. 3 -- whatever the case may be, I'm just trying to come in and do whatever I can. So I don't know exactly who's been named or whatever he's done. Like I said, I've been here four days. I'm just trying to get up to speed with everybody else."

Asked if he had a sense he might be auditioning for the other 31 teams in tonight's contest, Wallace said, "Possibly. I've been here five days. My expectations coming in weren't, 'Hey, I'm going to be the No. 2.' I don't know the offense yet. My expectation is to go out whenever I do play and just perform and let everything else take its course."

-- Matt 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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