49ers help open comeback for Rookie RB, Waive Linebacker
Two members of the San Francisco 49ers backroom were injured in December. But now one of them has become the beneficiary of their training window officially opening on Tuesday, December 21.
As rush leader Elijah Mitchell (concussion, knee irritation) was upgraded to a game time decision for Thursday, December 23’s clash with the Tennessee Titans by general manager John Lynch during an interview with KNBR 680 AM Tuesday morning, a fellow draft 49ers in the 2021 class is also viewing the field.
The franchise announced that it has opened the 21-day training window for Trey Sermon, who injured his ankle against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 12. Not only did the 49ers create that opening for Sermon. , but they also gave up linebacker Tyrell Adams. , who had been on the team’s training squad.
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Sermon, who played collegially at Oklahoma and Ohio State before placing 88th overall in the third round of the draft, was going to give a try in Tuesday night’s practice by David Lombardi of The Athletic.
“He’ll be in prime-time SF practice tonight,” he said. Lombardi tweeted.
Sermon provided a change of pace for the Backfield 49ers
Games like this during his Buckeye years were one of the reasons Sermon was on the NFL Draft Boards.
Plus this performance, accompanied by an obstacle.
On May 27 on the NFL Network, he was described as someone “physical and powerful” and had the ability to miss defenders in the open field.
He scored his only NFL touchdown in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers taking that dive in the fourth quarter.
Before his injury, the 22-year-old was averaging 4.1 yards per carry and started in two games according to Pro Football Reference. He has missed the last three games.
How the 49er RBs played without a sermon
In his absence, the 49ers have added former Atlanta Falcon Brian Hill to the practice squad. The 6-foot-1, 219-pound fat back was finally elevated to 53 active players against his former team on Sunday, December 19.
The top backfield star, however, in the Falcons’ 31-13 loss that took the 49ers to 8-6 on aggregate was Jeff Wilson – who finished with his first 100-yard (110) game of 2021. Wilson sent the Falcons pre-game warning that he wanted to “take their souls” while running the ball.
The fourth-year running back, who now has 1,220 career rushing yards per Pro Football Reference, propelled that Atlanta look with as many as nine defensemen in the box for six points.
Wilson did the most damage on the outside tracks, as reported by Next Gen Stats.
The running game, as a whole, ranks seventh in the league in rushing yards according to nfl.com. However, the Niners are tied for second with their opponent on Thursday night with 20 rushing touchdowns.
Sermon will obviously have a rust factor to it. But depending on his health, plus Mitchell’s, the 49ers could have both for the 9-5 Titans.
Could the renounced LB still come back?
Although Adams was waived, he could still have an extended stay in the Bay Area if he accepts the waivers.
The 29-year-old linebacker has been elevated to the 53-player rankings for four 49er games this season: Weeks 7, 9, 13 and 15. Adams was primarily a special teams contributor – playing 94 total snaps on five of the six units. special teams minus the goalkeeper team via Pro Football Focus.
And if Adams returns to SF, it will mark that personal best for him: his third stint with an NFL franchise. He had previously made two stopovers with the Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs. He also had two terms with the 49ers.
Finally, according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, the 49ers announced these four protected players from the practice squad: