Jimmie Ward Injury

San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward is expected to be sidelined for a lengthier period than was previously planned. On August 14, Ward suffered what head coach Kyle Shanahan described as a “very serious” hamstring injury, and while the Niners knew he would be out for some time, it was possible that the injury might sideline him for the first month of the season.

On Thursday’s pregame show for the Niners’ last preseason game against the Houston Texans, general manager John Lynch revealed that Ward would likely open the season on injured reserve, missing the first four games of the regular season.

Lynch remarked on Amazon’s show, “He allows us to do what we do.” “He is a safety that can cover like a cornerback. It’s a significant deal because he’s usually our best cover guy. But we have to figure out how to raise our game.”

Jimmie Ward Injury

With Ward down, the Niners bolstered their safety corps on Monday by adding the experienced Tashaun Gipson. Dontae Johnson, who is entering his tenth season in the NFL, switched positions during training camp and is now getting extensive playing time at free safety after having previously played cornerback.

Ward’s injury has forced the team to turn to Tarvarius Moore and George Odum to fill in. If the 49ers want Ward to be placed on injured reserve with a return option, they will have to wait until after the initial 53-man roster has been trimmed down to do so.

This means that the 49ers will have to keep Ward on the active roster until after 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, at which point they will be able to transfer him to injured reserve. He would miss the rest of the season if they did it before now.

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Jimmie Ward Injury

For Lynch, “He allows us to do what we do,” as she put it on Amazon’s broadcast, was a major factor. “He is a safety that can cover like a cornerback. It’s a significant deal because he’s usually our best cover guy. But we have to figure out how to raise our game.”

With Ward down, the Niners bolstered their safety corps on Monday by adding the experienced Tashaun Gipson. Dontae Johnson, who is entering his tenth season in the NFL, switched positions during training camp and is now getting extensive playing time at free safety after having previously played cornerback.

Ward’s injury has forced the team to turn to Tarvarius Moore and George Odum to fill in. If the 49ers want Ward to be placed on injured reserve with a return option, they will have to wait until after the initial 53-man roster has been trimmed down to do so.

This means that the 49ers will have to keep Ward on the active roster until after 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, at which point they will be able to transfer him to injured reserve. He would miss the rest of the season if they did it before now.

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