49ers sign linebacker Elijah Lee, release offensive tackle John Theus

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2017

San Francisco tapped Minnesota Vikings practice squad member Elija Lee, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 National Football League draft from Kansas State, the Vikings announced.

While Reuben Foster recovers from a high-ankle sprain, the 49ers went outside the building and onto the Minnesota Vikings practice squad to shore up the linebacker unit.

To make room for Lee, San Francisco released second-year offensive tackle John Theus - first reported by Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Lee (6-2, 229) was originally drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round (232 overall) of this year's NFL Draft out of Kansas State University. In three college seasons, he appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and registered 209 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, five interceptions, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

The 49ers have yet to announce any roster moves Wednesday; they won't confirm reports of player acquisitions until medical exams are passed.

Ray-Ray Armstrong took over for Foster on Sunday.

Theus was a fifth-round draft choice past year out of Georgia who started one game in 2016 and who backed up Joe Staley at left tackle for most of the offseason.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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