The 49ers on Friday signed veteran offensive tackle Sam Young to a one-year contract and placed wide receiver Trent Taylor on injured reserve.
Taylor, who underwent surgery Aug. 10 to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, must sit out for at least eight weeks before he is eligible to return to the 49ers’ 53-man roster and appear in a game.
Originally, the 49ers placed Taylor's timetable to return at four to six weeks. As recently as last week, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he hoped Taylor would be able to return to action after the 49ers' Week 4 bye.
Taylor was expected to be one of the team’s leading pass-catchers this season before he sustained the fracture to the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. Since the 49ers selected him in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, Taylor has appeared in 29 games and caught 69 passes for 645 yards and three touchdowns.
The 49ers re-signed Young, who was among their final cuts before the start of the regular season. The 49ers require more depth at offensive tackle after Joe Staley broke his left fibula, an injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.
Rookie Justin Skule is scheduled to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at left tackle.
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In his nine-year NFL career, Young has appeared in 88 games with 21 starts with Dallas, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Miami. Young will wear No. 65 for the 49ers.
The 49ers released veteran offensive tackle Sam Young on Aug. 30. They will reportedly see him again Tuesday.
Young is scheduled to visit the 49ers in Santa Clara, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday morning.
The 49ers are likely to add another offensive lineman to their 53-man roster after Joe Staley sustained a fractured left fibula, which is expected to keep him out of action from six to eight weeks.
Rookie Justin Skule is likely to start at left tackle on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Daniel Brunskill, who can also play tackle, and Ben Garland are the only healthy backup offensive linemen currently on the 49ers’ 53-man roster.
On Monday, coach Kyle Shanahan said there were not a lot of great players available for the 49ers to add to their depth along the offensive line.
"We would love to if there were options," he said. "You look at anything that’s possible. I don’t think there’s a ton of great options out there that are possible.”
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If the 49ers sign Young, they would have to create a roster spot. Although the 49ers said after Sunday’s game in Cincinnati that Staley was not a candidate for injured reserve, the club could still make that decision. Players who are placed on injured reserve during the season must miss a minimum of eight weeks before returning to action.
Young, 32, is a nine-year NFL veteran who played 12 games last season with the Miami Dolphins. He has appeared in 88 career games with 21 starts in a career that has seen him lay for Dallas, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Miami.
SANTA CLARA – The 49ers reportedly are signing veteran offensive tackle Sam Young to replace Shon Coleman, who sustained a season-ending injury in the club’s preseason opener.
Young, 32, is a nine-year veteran who played the past three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He has also played for Dallas, Buffalo and Jacksonville through his career, appearing in 88 career games with 21 starts.
Young will sign with the 49ers on Monday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported.
Young becomes the leading candidate to take over as the 49ers’ swing tackle, serving as the backup to both left tackle Joe Staley and right tackle Mike McGlinchey.
Coleman was projected for that role before sustaining an injury on the fourth play of the 49ers’ preseason opener Saturday night against the Cowboys. Coleman underwent surgery Sunday morning to repair a fractured fibula and dislocated right ankle. He is expected to be placed on season-ending injured reserve on Monday.