The injuries keep mounting for the 49ers. Defensive back D.J. Reed suffered a torn pectoral during a recent workout, per Matt Maiocco of NBS Sports Bay Area. Reed subsequently confirmed the injury via Twitter.
Reed, 23, was selected by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2018 draft. In his rookie campaign, he played in a little more than 1/3 of the team’s defensive snaps and was also a regular special teams contributor. He tallied 41 tackles and a sack and returned 11 kickoffs for 332 yards, including a 90-yarder.
His playing time took a nosedive in 2019, however. He ended up appearing in just 12% of the Niners’ defensive snaps, and he did not get any kick return opportunities. Still, the team values his ST abilities and his versatility, which allows him to line up outside the numbers, in the slot, and at safety. Plus, since Richie James is also dealing with an injury, Reed may have gotten another shot at return duties.
The timeframe for Reed’s return is not yet known, though it’s worth noting that San Francisco LB Kwon Alexander also suffered a torn pec last year. He sustained the injury on October 31 and returned to practice two months later. He was back in action for the club’s postseason run, which began on January 11.
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