49ers DB Williams likely will go on IR with knee sprain


Yet another 49ers defensive back went down with an injury. Coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Monday that K'Waun Williams sustained a knee sprain in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Williams likely will be placed on injured reserve, making him unavailable for at least the 49ers’ next three games.

Williams left in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's loss at Levi's Stadium and did not return. He already was banged-up entering the game, as he was listed as questionable with a hip issue for Week 4.

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Jamar Taylor replaced Williams as the slot cornerback, and Taylor practiced with the 49ers during training camp while Williams dealt with a calf issue.

With Richard Sherman, Emmanuel Moseley and Ahkello Witherspoon dealing with injuries, it's not an ideal time for the secondary to lose another body.

But as has become the de facto mantra in this seemingly endless wave of injuries early in the season, it remains next man up for Robert Saleh's defense.

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