Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Niners welcome Defender back from IR, drop CB to make way

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The San Francisco 49ers did some housework in the defensive backcourt to kick off the team’s bye week.

Niners management removed cornerback Davontae Harris from the injured reserve list (IR) on Monday October 11th. In a corresponding step, the team released the recently signed Corner and former NFL starter Buster Skrine from the roster.

The news was first released on Monday morning as part of the NFL’s official transaction report. The details of the Niners’ decision were later tweeted by ESPN Yates field as part of a post that also looked at the movement in the Seattle Seahawks roster.

“The Seahawks have activated TE Gerald Everett from the COVID-19 list.” Yates wrote in the first line of the post. “The 49ers released DB Buster Skrine and activated IR’s DB Davontae Harris.”

Harris played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens in the 2020 season and appeared in 11 games together for the two franchises.

The corner scored 14 tackles, forced 1 fumble, and defended 1 pass over the course of the campaign, according to the Pro Football Reference. Harris has appeared in 30 games throughout his NFL career, starting 8 of them and registering 50 tackles, 4 defended passes and 1 forced fumble during that time.

Harris was a former Cincinnati Bengals fifth round selection in the 2018 NFL draft and remained a member of the Ravens organization for part of the 2021 preseason before being released in August.

The Niners demanded the defensive from the waiver wire on August 17th. He practiced with San Francisco for two weeks before landing on the IR on September 1st. The team opened the practice window for Harris on September 29 and eventually returned him to the active roster on October 11.

The Niners’ squad moves were secondary news compared to an alarming injury update that came out of the quarterback room on Monday.

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan announced that rookie QB Trey Lance, who started his NFL career the day before against the Arizona Cardinals, suffered a knee sprain. The return flight schedule for Lance has not yet been determined and is pending further medical information expected in the next few days.

“It’s not a long-term injury,” Shanahan said on the 49ers team’s website. “We should have a good idea of ​​whether or not he has a chance for (the Indianapolis Colts) by the next week. If he doesn’t, they’ve told me it should be like a one or two week thing, but maybe just one. “

While the relatively mild nature of the injury is a rare godsend for the Niners, the timing makes the news even more problematic than it normally would.

San Francisco is entering its bye week and won’t take the field again until they receive the Colts on Sunday October 24th. For Lance, that means two weeks of rest instead of just one. But experienced starter Jimmy Garoppolo also remains injured after bruising his calf against the Seattle Seahawks last week.

Tests on the muscle came back negative for structural damage, but Garoppolo was unable to overcome the pain from the bruise in time to return to Arizona. When it will be finished remains to be seen.

Should both Lance and Garoppolo fail when the Niners return in Week 7, Shanahan will call quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who has been on the team’s training roster for the entire season.

Tests on the muscle came back negative for structural damage, but Garoppolo was unable to overcome the pain from the bruise in time to return to Arizona. When it will be finished remains to be seen.



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