Pat Lee had started the past seven games while Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer were out. Now, Ron Bartell looks to be activated for Sunday's game in Baltimore and the team has opted to part ways with Lee. This according to sources close to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Considering Lee was a starter, it comes as a bit of a surprise he was cut over several other corners. He had made some mistakes but had also played well at times. He had one interception, 4 passes defended, a forced fumble and 27 combined tackles.
Among his mistakes last week was missing a tackle on the 67-yard touchdown run by Doug Martin and then opting to try and knock the ball loose on Martin's 70-yard TD run instead of tackling him. The week before against the Chiefs, he gave up a 46-yard catch to Dwayne Bowe, but he also had the game sealing interception on a play that made all the highlight reels.
This likely means that Michael Huff will remain a starting cornerback opposite Bartell until Spencer returns from his foot sprain. While Joselio Hanson will continue to be the team's slot corner.
The corners who were kept over Lee were Philip Adams, Coye Francies, and Brandian Ross. The most likely reason for their retention over Lee is their special teams abilities.