Sakamoto Report: 49ers’ ILB Michael Wilhoite Suffers Stress Fracture, To Be Placed On Injured Reserve

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A source close to the situation has told me that San Francisco 49ers ILB Michael Wilhoite will be placed on IR (injured reserve) after suffering a ‘stress fracture’ in his ankle during the Chicago Bears win last week.

49ers head coach Jim Tomsula alluded to Wilhoite undergoing an MRI in his Monday presser as he said, “Wilhoite is getting an MRI on his ankle today,” Tomsula told beat writers. Now it appears that Wilhoite’s 2015 season will end on a sour note. as he re-injured the same ankle that has been nagging him all season long.

Wilhoite only played seven snaps during last week’s first road victory as ILB Gerald Hodges took over his role. It appears that Wilhoite re-aggravated the injury on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage as he was shooting the c-gap while trying to make a gang tackle alongside teammate DE Quinton Dial. Wilhoite told me he first injured his foot in the game prior against the Arizona Cardinals. 

In 12 games this season, Wilhoite has recorded 85 tackles and one interception. With TE Garrett Celek going on season-ending IR earlier this afternoon while the team brought back ILB Shayne Skov in the process, it appears that Skov will now be the team’s primary backup for the remainder of the season.

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