With Reuben Foster suspended, Malcolm Smith questionable, and Brock Coyle in the concussion protocol, the 49ers have signed veteran linebacker Terence Garvin for depth purposes, as first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2018
Garvin, 27, has played with four teams since entering the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Steelers. Garvin appeared in 43 games for Pittsburgh in three seasons. Garvin signed with Washington in 2016 and played in 16 games that season, and featured in 15 for the Seahawks the following year, where he featured primarily as the team’s reserve strong-side (SAM) linebacker. Garvin signed a contract with the Dolphins this offseason but was waived on September 1.
It is likely Garvin will begin his tenure in San Francisco as the backup to starting SAM linebacker Mark Nzeocha, with Dekoda Watson on the injured reserve.