49ers Place TE Jordan Reed On IR

Another year, another trip to the IR for Jordan Reed. Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports (via Twitter) that the 49ers will put the veteran tight end on the short-term injured reserve.

The 30-year-old was briefly sidelined during this weekend’s win over the Giants with an ankle injury. Reed ended up returning to the field, but he subsequently sustained an MCL injury, leading to his placement on IR. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Reed will likely be back in six to eight weeks (via Maiocco on Twitter).

Reed considered retiring this past offseason after missing the 2019 campaign with a concussion (at least his seventh since the start of his collegiate career). Reed has struggled to stay on the field in recent years, but there’s no denying his talent. Between 2013 and 2018, Reed racked up 329 catches for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns for Washington, and that was despite missing 31 regular season games. The veteran caught on with the 49ers this offseason, and he hauled in 11 receptions for 85 yards and two scores through his first three games with San Francisco.

Reed joins a long list of 49ers players who have been sidelined thanks to injuries. Fortunately, there could be some good news on the way; the team is set to evaluate quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tight end George Kittle, and running back Raheem Mostert on Wednesday (via Can Inman of the San Jose Mercury on Twitter).

Reed wasn’t the only 49ers player to land on IR today. ESPN’s Nick Wagoner reports (via Twitter) that linebacker Mark Nzeocha has also been placed on injured reserve with a quad injury. The veteran has spent the past four seasons with the 49ers, and he played in each of his team’s first three contests this season.

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  1. Oooof

    It’s such a shame. You can still see how talented/skilled the guy is after all those injuries, but his body just does not want him to play football. I mean, nobody’s body wants them to play football, but few star caliber players as extremely as Reed.

      • Oooof

        Engram in a Shanahan offense could be fun, but I don’t know if they want to bother trading for another injury-prone skill position player, and I don’t know how much Gettleman wants to signal that the team he’s built is a wreck.

        • mlbnyyfan

          Gettleman needs to go especially since he took Barkley over a QB. Both NY teams are in a bad place with no hope in sight yet.

          • Oooof

            I have a sliver of hope that Douglas knows what he’s doing. You’re right about Gettleman. It’s especially true when a team needs a QB and there are strong prospects in the draft, but the high pick on an RB thing drives me nuts. We always hear that the guy is a generational talent and there always turns out to be one just as good, if not better, in a later round. Heck, it’s the only position (not counting special teams) that pretty regularly churns out very good regulars who weren’t even drafted.

          • Gettleman should never have been hired. He hasn’t fixed a single problem since he’s been GM and has made the team much worse off.

            Didn’t fix the OL, the defense remains atrocious, his drafts have been awful (should not have drafted Barkley, drafted Danny Jones waaay too high, almost none of his other picks have done anything aside from Slayton), his free agency plan was basically to just sign every scrub who ever played for the Cardinals or Panthers, and his hires of Shurmur and Garrett have been misfires. I don’t think he’s done anything right since he was hired.

      • Not sure what that has to do with anything, even though it’s true.

        I don’t think Engram gets you much of anything, though. Who wants a TE who can’t stay on the field? Who also can’t block (like, *at all*)? Who, when he is playing, disappears for long stretches at a time?

        He has only 5 career games where he’s caught more than 6 passes. Only one of those was last year and none this year. He has 11 catches for 96 yards and zero TDs this year through three games.

        He’s thoroughly mediocre as a receiver and potentially the worst TE in football as a blocker.

        • Oooof

          Those are some strange standards. Games with *more* than 6 receptions is your standard for a receiving tight end? You could just as easily say that in only 37 career games, he has 18 with at least 5 receptions. He has a hard time staying on the field and isn’t much of a blocker, but lots of the best receiving tight ends aren’t much as blockers. That’s why blocking tight ends who add little receiving value are still employed across the league. He’s a good receiver when he’s on the field, and the right coach could get great use out of him.

  2. Dtownwarrior78

    Someone needs to save this kid from himself! When you have 7 (SEVEN) concussions since college and not only that but a host of other injuries, it’s time to call it a career. Im not trying to shed any negative light on this young man, as we’ve all had dreams we’ve wanted to chase. But pop in the DVD of “Concussion” and take a look. If that doesn’t scare the holy hell out of him, then someone needs to sit him down and ask him if it’s truly worth it. Hopefully he’s made some good financial decisions and can retire with money and perhaps become a coach? But he needs to think long and hard about this while on IR.

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