The 49ers will start the first six weeks of the 2020 season without the help of defensive lineman Ronald Blair, as he’ll be placed on the physically unable to perform list.
According to Blair’s agent, Chafie Fields, Blair is doing very well in his recovery but will need another six weeks to be 100-percent.
Blair suffered a torn ACL on Nov. 11, 2019, while running down Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for a 1-yard loss. Through nine games the defensive lineman racked up 21 tackles, three sacks, three quarterback hits and one forced fumble.
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Robert Saleh has been very complimentary of Blair, describing his admiration as a “man-crush” of sorts. The defensive coordinator calls Blair’s versatility in adjusting to any situation on the defensive line a rare trait.
“I can't wait for Ronnie to get back,” Saleh said a few weeks ago. “You guys know how much I love the man. Having Ronnie added to that fold would be awesome, but wherever he's at right now, feel good either way. When Ronnie does make it back, he’s obviously a big piece of the puzzle.”
Blair was a fifth-round pick out of Appalachian State in 2017 and played 47 games over his first four seasons with the 49ers. During the offseason, Blair agreed to a one-year deal with the club and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.