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John Lynch: 49ers likely to place Jimmie Ward on short-term injured reserve

Aug 25, 2022 at 5:08 PM--


Jimmie Ward could miss the first four games of the season. The San Francisco 49ers safety has been dealing with a hamstring injury he suffered during training camp.

"A little worse than the other guys, so he's going to be [out] some time," head coach Kyle Shanahan said on August 15, adding that the safety missing regular-season time was a possibility.

Before Thursday night's preseason finale against the Houston Texans, 49ers general manager John Lynch said that Ward was likely headed for the short-term injured reserve list. That means he would need to remain on the active roster beyond Tuesday's roster cut-down deadline to 53 players. If the 49ers placed Ward on injured reserve before then, it would be season-ending.

After the August 30 deadline, the 49ers could activate Ward from injured reserve after the first four games of the season. That would make him eligible to return for Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers, at the earliest.



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