49ers Release QB Damon Huard

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have released
quarterback Damon Huard.

After the move Tuesday, Nate Davis is in line to be the team's No. 3 quarterback behind starter Shaun Hill and backup Alex Smith.

The 36-year-old Huard is a 13th-year pro best known for his lengthy backup stints behind Miami's Dan Marino and New England's Tom Brady. He started 13 games over the past two seasons with Kansas City, but never firmly claimed the Chiefs' starting job during five seasons with the club.

Kansas City released Huard in February and he signed with San Francisco on March 4.

Interestingly, the Chiefs could be in the market for a quarterback after starter Matt Cassel sustained a knee injury last week that could sideline him 2 to 4 weeks.

"I am thankful that we were lucky enough to have Damon here with us this offseason," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. "He was a professional in every sense. What he did with our quarterbacks was outstanding. He helped them to have a better idea about what it takes to be a pro. Not only did he provide them great tips throughout, but he helped build their confidence."

Huard has thrown for 6,303 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career.