49ers Claim Blake Hance Off Waivers

They claimed former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Blake Hance off waiver today, according to reports.

Hance, 26, started eight games for the Browns last season -- one at left guard, one at left tackle and six at right tackle.

He also played center for the Browns during last year's preseason. So it's unclear how the 49ers intend to use him.

It's possible the 49ers claimed Hance because they're concerned about Daniel Brunskill

their do-everything backup offensive lineman who can play all five positions at an acceptable level. Brunskill has been injured most of the offseason.

He returned for training camp, but injured his knee in the first preseason game, and hasn't returned to practice yet.

It's also possible the 49ers claimed Hance because they're concerned about Mike McGlinchey, their starting right tackle.

Like Brunskill, McGlinchey has missed most of the offseason due to various rehabs and setbacks, but he appears healthy now.

Still, Hance could fill in for McGlinchey if he suffers another setback.

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