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Niners release veteran QB Huard in favor of rookie Davis

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The San Francisco 49ers released veteran Damon Huard on Tuesday, leaving rookie Nate Davis in line to be the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Shaun Hill and backup Alex Smith.

Damon Huard , QB

Games/Starts: 64/27
Passing Yards: 6,303
Touchdowns: 33
Interceptions: 26

Huard, 36, is best known for his lengthy backup stints behind Miami's Dan Marino and New England's Tom Brady. Huard started 13 games over the past two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he never firmly claimed the No. 1 job during five seasons with the team.

The Chiefs released Huard in February, and the 13th-year veteran signed with the 49ers on March 4.

"I am thankful that we were lucky enough to have Damon here with us this offseason," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said in a statement released by the team. "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. ... I really appreciate his professionalism and his personality."

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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