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Seneca Wallace getting a chance to compete for backup quarterback job

  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace (6) reacts to the fans after a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)

SANTA CLARA — Seneca Wallace stepped on the practice field for the first time with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday as the most experienced quarterback on the roster.

Whether the nine-year veteran still has a job with the team in two weeks depends on how quickly and how well he can pick up and fit into a system friendly to his skills.

"I'm real excited to be here and be a part of this," Wallace said. "When you're an athletic quarterback, and that's your background, you just try to utilize your talents the best that you can. The good thing here is that they utilize a quarterback's talents and they're trying to win. That's the biggest thing. If this certain individual does things well, that's what they're going to utilize."

Coach Jim Harbaugh said he expects Wallace, signed by the 49ers on Thursday, to play in Sunday's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Harbaugh said all five quarterbacks on the San Francisco roster are likely to see action against the Vikings as the 49ers attempt to sort out their uncertain backup situation behind starter Colin Kaepernick before the regular season begins.


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