SANTA CLARA – The already-shorthanded 49ers have now lost their top pass-catcher for the remainder of the season.
Wide receiver Pierre Garçon will be placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a neck injury, 49ers general manager John Lynch announced Thursday evening on KNBR (680-AM).
Garçon underwent additional tests on Wednesday night that revealed a non-displaced fracture of the C-5 pedicle, which is an eight-week injury, Lynch said. Garçon was injured after Philadelphia linebacker Nigel Bradham shoved him near the Eagles sideline. Garçon was shoved into Philadelphia linebackers coach Ken Flojole, who was also injured. No penalty was called on the play.
The 49ers currently have 16 players on injured reserve, but defensive lineman Ronald Blair is eligible to be activated this week for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. Defensive lineman Arik Armstead is also eligible for a late-season return to the 53-man roster.
Garçon, 31, a 10-year NFL veteran, led the 49ers through eight games with 40 receptions for 500 yards. He was on pace for the third 1,000-yard receiving season of his career.
He left the 49ers’ game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday with a neck injury and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday.
The 49ers currently have five available wide receivers on their 53-man roster: Marquise Goodwin (20 catches, 349 yards), Trent Taylor (22-182), Aldrick Robinson (10-168), Kendrick Bourne (0-0) and Victor Bolden (0-0).
Garçon signed a five-year, $47 million contract in the offseason. The deal included $17 million in guaranteed money. Garçon is expected to make a full recovery for the 2018 season.
He enjoyed his best season while with Washington in 2013 when 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan worked as offensive coordinator under his father, Mike Shanahan. Garçcon posted career-bests totals of 113 receptions for 1,346 yards.