The depth of the 49ers’ cornerback group will proceed to be examined as second-year nook Samuel Womack has been placed on injured reserve, in keeping with Matt Barrows of The Athletic. This absence stems from a follow damage that affected the 24-year-old’s MCL.
There’s been blended hypothesis on the seriousness of the damage and the timetable for a return. Womack received’t require surgical procedure, which ought to reduce the restoration time wanted and assist him to keep away from a season-ending IR stint. As an alternative, he’ll heal on his personal and rehabilitate in an try and make it again to the sphere this 12 months.
So, Womack be on short-term IR with the potential to return. When he’ll have the ability to return, although, remains to be up for hypothesis. Some have categorized him as out indefinitely, insinuating that it’s too early to estimate when he may come off of the injured listing. Others have pinned it as a probable six- to eight-week absence. It’s largely difficult as a result of finicky nature of knee accidents. They are often troublesome to diagnose completely and may require prolonged recoveries.
In Womack’s rookie season final 12 months, he started his profession with a Week 1 begin in Chicago. Over the rest of the season, his position slowly diminished into quick rotations and particular groups appearances. Generally, he would get a good look on protection, twice enjoying over half the group’s snaps on that facet of the ball. Extra usually (seven instances), he did not see the sphere on protection in any respect, solely enjoying on particular groups. Week 1 of this 12 months noticed that inconsistent position proceed as Womack performed sparsely on protection, primarily showing with the particular groups unit.
Womack’s potential to play within the slot was as soon as once more usurped by starter Deommodore Lenoir. When Lenoir wasn’t within the slot, offseason addition Isaiah Oliver manned the nickelback position. San Francisco likes to begin Lenoir within the slot, flanked by Charvarius Ward and Ambry Thomas on the edges. When Thomas subs out, Lenoir will shift exterior and Oliver will fill his slot.
Womack was the one depth behind these top-four on the roster with rookie cornerback Darrell Luter on the bodily unable to carry out listing with a bone bruise on account of a hyperextended knee. With each Womack and Luter out for no less than three extra weeks, the 49ers could must get inventive. The group has three follow squad cornerbacks (Shemar Jean-Charles, Qwuantrezz Knight and Tre Swilling) who can present depth, if wanted.