On Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers placed former South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington on injured reserve.
Ellington, who was expected to have a prominent role with first-year head coach Chip Kelly, suffered a hamstring injury while fielding a punt in last week’s preseason game against the Packers.
In his first two seasons with the 49ers, Ellington totaled 19 catches for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also averaged 25.6 yards per kick return and 7.7 yards per punt return.
During an impressive career at South Carolina, Ellington starred on both the football field and basketball court. His career ended with 106 receptions for 1,586 yards and 16 touchdowns. On the hardwood, he averaged 11.2 points and 3 assists per game.
It’s been a tough few days for former South Carolina stars. Connor Shaw suffered a severe leg injury. Dylan Thompson was cut by the Rams. Brandon Wilds and Pharoh Cooper also suffered injuries in week 3 of the preseason.
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