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Bruce Ellington to miss season with hamstring injury

San Francisco 49ers v St Louis Rams

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 1: Bruce Ellington #10 of the San Francisco 49ers makes a catch in front of Lamarcus Joyner #20 of the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 1, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

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The 49ers acquired wide receiver Jeremy Kerley in a trade with the Lions on Sunday and it looks like he’ll have a shot to step into the role once earmarked for Bruce Ellington.

Ellington was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season a few days after he suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s game against the Packers. While teams can hold off on designating a player to return from injured reserve, players eligible for that slot need to be on the initial 53-man roster so Ellington won’t be back until 2017.

Ellington had one catch in the preseason while also serving as a kick and punt returner. The 2014 fourth-round pick had 19 catches for 215 yards in his first two seasons and appeared to be on track for a significant role on offense this season.

The 49ers also cut linebacker Jason Fanaika to reach the 75-man limit.