The San Francisco 49ers have been garnering headlines for all the wrong reasons. The team is looking for a new General Manager and Head Coach after dumping both GM Trent Baalke and HC Chip Kelly, while it remains unclear
But I’m hear to shed some light on the positive side, as fourth-year WR Bruce Ellington has been medically cleared to participate in full contact activities. A source very close to Ellington told me that he’s a “full-go” and “can do everything including running sprints,’ as he was officially medically cleared yesterday.
Ellington who was supposed to be the team’s go-to slot receiver under Kelly’ spread offense never came to fruition. If you remember, Ellington suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in the third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. That forced the 49ers to go out and trade for WR Jeremy Kerley.
In 16 games this season, Kerley racked up 64 receptions for 667 yards (10.4) and three touchdowns, all while doubling up as a return man, fielding 21 punts for 158 return yards. He was QB Blaine Gabbert’s go-to target via the first half of the season before the team switched over to QB Colin Kaepernick in Week 6.
The verdict is still out if Kerley will return to the team in 2017, because Ellington’s return could signal the end. A fourth-round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Ellington’s young NFL career has been plagued by injuries thus far- missing a total of 22 games in three seasons.
In 26 regular season games, Ellington has recorded 19 catches for 153 yards (11.8) and two touchdowns.