49ers free safety Adrian Colbert will go on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain, as Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area tweets. It’s a 6-to-8 week injury, but coach Kyle Shanahan says he is “probably not” a candidate to return this season.
Colbert, 25, was forced out of Sunday’s game against the Rams with a right ankle injury. Colbert was hoping to return, but it sounds like his season is over after compiling 20 tackles and one pass deflection in seven games (six starts).
The 2017 seventh-round pick was surprisingly effective last year after taking over the starting job in Week 10, but he wasn’t playing at the same level this year. Colbert had a slow start out of the gate and briefly lost the top job in Week 4 to D.J. Reed. He was re-inserted into the starting lineup in Week 5, but surrendered a 75-yard touchdown due to a costly mental error.
Now that Colbert is out of the equation, Reed figures to take over as the Niners’ starting free safety. The club may also explore options i traden free agency and the trade market.