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Former 49ers running back LaMichael James signed with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday afternoon, according to his agent.
However, James joined the Dolphins' practice squad, according to multiple reports. He is not eligible to participate in any games until he is moved to the Dolphins' 53-man roster.
James still has practice squad eligibility under an NFL rule change in August that allows for each team to carry two players who can have up to 32 games on an active roster over their first two NFL seasons. James appeared in just 14 regular-season games in two seasons with the 49ers, but his 10 games active in 2013 would have previously made him ineligible for a practice squad.
The 49ers on Sept. 8 released James, a second-round draft pick in 2012, the day after the team's Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
That day, James' agent thanked the franchise for granting LaMichael's release request.
However, two days later, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke contradicted that narrative.
"We just made a decision it was time to move on,” Baalke said on 95.7 The Game. “It had nothing to do with any request LaMichael made.
"Where that’s coming from, I don’t know."
On Sept. 17, James visited with Miami but left without signing a contract.