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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Quarterback Josh Johnson has returned to the San Francisco 49ers and his former college coach, Jim Harbaugh.

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Johnson was cut by the 49ers before the 2012 season, then rejoined them Wednesday after being cut two days earlier by Cincinnati.

Harbaugh took a chance on the undersized Johnson at San Diego, developing the 5-foot-11, 145-pound Oakland Tech prep star into a record-setting college QB. But current starter Colin Kaepernick emerged as the steady backup to Alex Smith going into 2012, and Scott Tolzien earned the No. 3 spot that year.

The 49ers traded for Blaine Gabbert in March, so he and Johnson could compete for the No. 2 job.

Also Wednesday, San Francisco released defensive tackle Christian Tupou and signed fifth-round draft pick cornerback Keith Reaser to a four-year deal.

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