SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Kentavius Street is likely to miss his second full NFL season after being a fourth-round selection of the 49ers in the 2018 draft.
Street will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, and coach Kyle Shanahan said the most likely scenario is he will be placed on season-ending injured reserve.
“We haven’t decided that for sure, but it’s definitely the most likely,” Shanahan said on Tuesday.
Street sustained a torn ACL during a pre-draft workout with the New York Giants in the spring of 2018. The 49ers still selected him in the fourth round of the draft. He spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list.
His best game of the preseason came Aug. 19 against the Denver Broncos, where he had five tackles and 1.5 sacks while playing 43 snaps.
“He’s battled through his knee all year,” Shanahan said. “He’s had some knee tendinitis throughout camp – a little similar to Dee Ford. He’s been trying to battle through it and get a spot here. We decided (Monday) that he can’t do it any more.”
Shanahan provided other injury updates:
--It is uncertain whether rookie receiver Jalen Hurd (back) will be available for the season opener on Sept. 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I don’t know,” Shanahan said. “I wouldn’t have thought that a week ago but it’s still lingering and it’s definitely legit, so, we are going to rest it again this whole week and then we will probably reassess it on Monday and see where he’s at.”
--Wide receiver Trent Taylor (foot) is “highly unlikely” to be available to play in the season opener, Shanahan said. Taylor underwent surgery three weeks ago to repair a broken right foot.
--Center Weston Richburg (knee and quad) participated in approximately 15 practice snaps the past two days after being activated off the physically unable to perform list. He will not play Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers and could be available for Week 1.
--Running back Jerick McKinnon practiced Tuesday and will not play Thursday. The 49ers are still hopeful McKinnon will be available to play at or near the beginning of the regular season.