49ers' Jullian Taylor heading to injured reserve after knee injury


49ers' Jullian Taylor heading to injured reserve after knee injury

SANTA CLARA – Backup defensive tackle Jullian Taylor is out for the 49ers’ final regular-season game and the postseason with a knee injury, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday.

Taylor will go on injured reserve due to a torn ACL.

The 49ers will promote  rookie defensive tackle Kevin Givens from the practice squad to take Taylor’s spot on the 53-man roster, Shanahan said. Givens could be in uniform for the 49ers' game Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

"I've just been staying patient and listening to everybody, all the coaches," said Givens, who had just found out he would be promoted.

"Kevin had a good training camp, was close to making our roster," Shanahan said. "He’s been here and worked all year to get better and he’s been waiting for this opportunity. He got it yesterday.”

Taylor sustained an elbow injury in the 49ers’ Dec. 1 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He missed three games before returning to full practice this week. The 49ers expected Taylor to serve in a backup role for Sunday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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But that all changed on Thursday when Taylor sustained a knee injury during practice.

"No one fell on it," Shanahan said. "It was just two people, him and an O-Lineman pushing on each other and came to a stop and it just gave out. It was a real unfortunate one.”

Taylor, a seventh-round 2018 draft pick from Temple, was expected to be a key rotational player at defensive tackle for the remainder of the season after D.J. Jones sustained a severe high-ankle sprain. Jones is on season-ending injured reserve.

Defensive end Dee Ford will miss his third consecutive game with hamstring and quadriceps issues, and safety Jaquiski Tartt is not expected to play due to fractured ribs. The 49ers list Tartt as questionable for Sunday's game.

49ers injury report

DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring)
DT Jullian Taylor (knee)
S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
G Mike Person (neck)

NFL Draft 2020: Justin Jefferson, Jalen Reagor meet 49ers at combine


NFL Draft 2020: Justin Jefferson, Jalen Reagor meet 49ers at combine

Despite only possessing one pick before the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the 49ers still are doing their due diligence at the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

San Francisco has met with a pair of wide receivers this week in LSU product Justin Jefferson and former TCU speedster Jalen Reagor.

Jefferson, who was part of LSU’s national championship-winning squad in 2019, said his meeting with the 49ers was informal, while Reagor mentioned that the team highlighted his versatility when discussing his potential fit within the offense.

Coming off a trip to the Super Bowl, the Niners aren’t faced with a lot of glaring needs along the roster, but wide receiver certainly ranks high among the few holes general manager John Lynch must address this offseason.

The 49ers didn’t have a wide receiver eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last season, with All-Pro tight end George Kittle barely surpassing it (1,053).

Jefferson caught an NCAA Division I-best 111 passes for the Tigers in 2019 and closed out his final collegiate season with 1,540 yards. In the latest NBC Sports Bay Area mock draft, Jefferson wasn't available when the Niners were on the clock at No. 31.

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Reagor’s broad skillset likely would mesh well with the 49ers’ motion-heavy offense, as Reagor made big plays for the Horned Frogs in the running, receiving, and return game during his three seasons in Fort Worth.

This will be Lynch and Shanahan’s first opportunity to draft outside of the top five in the first round, as they hope to build on a breakout 2019 season.

49ers hoping receiver Jalen Hurd will be cleared for offseason program

49ers hoping receiver Jalen Hurd will be cleared for offseason program

INDIANAPOLIS -- Even before the 49ers have the opportunity to select a wide receiver in the draft, the club expects to add the services of a young pass-catcher.

Jalen Hurd, a third-round draft pick from a year ago, appears to be on schedule to receive clearance to rejoin the 49ers when the offseason program begins in April. Hurd spent his rookie season on injured reserve due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

“For it to completely heal, it happens on different timelines,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “We found that his has been stubborn. We think he’s been nearing towards a much better place where he’ll be cleared for all activities.

“(We) don’t want to officially give that word, but there have been some recent scans and things that give us a lot of hope that that’ll be the case, come April 1, he’ll be a full-go.”

Hurd was not around the team too much during his rookie season. He did not travel to Miami for Super Bowl LIV due to concerns about aggravating his back condition.

“I think there’s a little anxiety on his part that the long plane rides had set him off before and he worked so hard to try to get right, and kind of didn’t want that to enter the equation,” Lynch said.

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In order for Hurd's back to heal, the 49ers and Hurd felt it was best to keep him off his feet.  

“With his back stuff, he didn’t want to travel, didn’t want to be in the meetings and everything," head coach Kyle Shanahan said. "There wasn’t much to do. He had a stress fracture and it’s taking a long time to heal, so we wanted him to be as immobile as possible.”

Hurd (6-foot-4, 227 pounds) caught 69 passes for 946 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season at Baylor in 2018. He played his first three college seasons at Tennessee, where he rushed for 2,635 yards and 20 touchdowns as a running back.

Hurd appeared in the 49ers’ preseason opener last summer and caught two touchdown passes against the Dallas Cowboys before experiencing the back condition that sidelined him for the rest of the season.