Kentavius Street

49ers activate Kentavius Street off IR to take D.J. Jones' roster spot

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49ers activate Kentavius Street off IR to take D.J. Jones' roster spot

After missing the first 29 games of his NFL career due to a knee injury sustained in a pre-draft workout, 49ers defensive lineman Kentavius Street is set to play in his first game in nearly two years.

The 49ers activated Street off injured reserve Saturday to take the roster spot vacated when defensive tackle D.J. Jones was placed on injured reserve. Jones is out for the season with a severe high-ankle sprain.

“It’s something I’ve been preparing for for a while now, so I’m extremely excited for the opportunity,” Street said this week about the likelihood he would be activated to the 49ers’ 53-man roster.

Street is a versatile defender who can line up at any position along the 49ers’ defensive line. He will be counted on to be a rotational player and provide depth. The 22-year-old primarily played defensive end during the offseason program and training camp, but could see more action at defensive tackle.

“The great thing about our defense is, whether you’re inside, outside, playing on the tight end, playing on the guard, it’s relatively the same," Street said. "It’s just a bigger person in front of you. It’s not really much of a change.”

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Jones started 11 games at nose tackle before sustaining the season-ending injury on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Street was expected to be a second- or third-round draft pick 2018 before he tore his ACL during a workout with the New York Giants. He spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list. Street experienced discomfort in training camp and was moved to injured reserve one day after the team’s cut to 53 players.

49ers fear top nose tackle D.J. Jones out for season with ankle injury

49ers fear top nose tackle D.J. Jones out for season with ankle injury

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers absorbed another big loss from their exciting victory in New Orleans on Sunday, as starting nose tackle D.J. Jones sustained a “significant” ankle injury, coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday.

Shanahan said the 49ers are bracing to lose Jones for the remainder of the season. Jones started all 11 games in which he appeared this season. He has recorded 23 tackles and two sacks.

“We’re worried about it,” Shanahan said. “We’ll wait on some other opinions and stuff, but it’s a pretty significant one.”

The 49ers could activate defensive lineman Kentavius Street from injured reserve. He began practicing with the club last week after going on IR before the first game of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Street was a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2018 from North Carolina State. He missed his entire rookie season with an ACL injury.

“It feel great,” Street said. "Just knocking some rust off, just making sure my tools are as sharp as they can be. But besides that, I feel great.

"Oh, yeah. I could run through a wall right now.”

In Jones’ absence, the 49ers can turn to Solomon Thomas or Sheldon Day to start at nose tackle, with DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead also capable of playing different spots on the defensive line.

“He’s irreplaceable,” Buckner said. “D.J. is explosive. He can really hurt you in the run game and you saw his pass-rush skills. He just goes right through people. He’s a really good D-lineman, and he’s going to be one of the guys who’s really missed.

“Everybody has to kick up their game a notch.”

The 49ers placed two offensive players on season-ending injured reserve this week. Center Weston Richburg sustained a torn patellar tendon in the victory over the Saints. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is out with knee and ankle issues.

“That’s December football,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “Everyone across the league has that, dealing with injuries. But it’s just when guys get their number called, whether it’s offense, defense or special teams, guys who haven’t even played that much, they’re just ready for the moment. And so you got to appreciate that.

“I think you got to give our coaches a lot of credit for getting those ready in practice, the behind-the-scenes stuff and it’s starting to pay off now.”

Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have built enough depth on the team over the past three seasons to be able to withstand a lot of injuries. That depth will be needed more than ever, with defensive end Dee Ford and cornerback Richard Sherman also expected to miss time with injuries.

“(With) John and Kyle, the past couple years have been really hard,” Buckner said. “We’ve been rebuilding, obviously. Just to have that patience to (build) that depth that we have now, it’s working out for us.”

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Practice participation

The following players are not scheduled to practice on Wednesday:

DE Dee Ford (hamstring)
DT D.J. Jones (ankle)
CB Richard Sherman (hamstring)
SS Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)
CB K’Waun Williams (concussion)

Source: 49ers open defensive lineman Kentavius Street's practice window

Source: 49ers open defensive lineman Kentavius Street's practice window

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The 49ers on Wednesday will open the practice window for defensive lineman Kentavius Street, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The 49ers have an available roster spot after waiving kicker Chase McLaughlin on Tuesday, and Street could be activated to be available for the team’s Week 14 game at the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The addition of Street could come at a good time for the 49ers. The club is expecting to be without backup defensive tackle Jullian Taylor for multiple games due to an injury coach Kyle Shanahan described as “a ligament issue with his elbow.”

Also, starting nose tackle D.J. Jones sustained an ankle injury on Sunday in the 49ers’ 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and his status for Sunday’s game is uncertain.

Street, a second-year player, has yet to appear in an NFL regular-season game after the 49ers selected him in the fourth round of last year’s draft out of North Carolina State.

The Athletic first reported the 49ers would be opening the practice window for Street.

Street sustained a torn ACL during a pre-draft workout with the New York Giants in the spring of 2018. He spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list. The 49ers placed Street on IR at the beginning of the 2019 season after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in late-August.

Street showed some of his skills a week earlier during a preseason game Aug. 19 against the Denver Broncos, when he had five tackles and 1.5 sacks while playing 43 snaps. Street tried to play through his knee discomfort and tendinitis before the decision was made for him to undergo surgery.

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The 49ers can activate Street from injured reserve at any time, but he is permitted to practice with the club for up to three weeks before a decision must be made to activate him, release him or keep him on season-ending injured reserve.

Street (6-foot-2, 287 pounds) appeared in 51 games at North Carolina State with 35 starts in four seasons. He registered 123 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six passes defensed in his college career.