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49ers place RB Austin Walter on reserve/COVID-19 list, announce other roster moves

Dec 17, 2020 at 1:45 PM--


The San Francisco 49ers announced that running back Austin Walter has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He joins offensive lineman Colton McKivitz, who was added to the list on Wednesday.

The reserve/COVID-19 list has been created for a player who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. If a player falls into either of these categories, his club is required to immediately place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Clubs are not permitted to comment on a player's medical status other than referring to the roster status and may not disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.

On Sunday, 49ers offensive line coach John Benton tested positive for COVID-19.

San Francisco also announced the following roster moves:

  • DL Kevin Givens had his roster exemption lifted.
  • TE Chase Harrell has been signed to the practice squad.
  • WR Shawn Poindexter has been placed on the practice squad injured reserve list. Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports that the receiver is dealing with a calf injury, which is unrelated to the ACL injury in 2019 that landed him on injured reserve.


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