49ers Place WR Bruce Ellington on Season-Ending IR, Release DE Jason Fanaika

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According to NFL.com, WR Bruce Ellington, poised for a breakout season, was placed on the season-ending IR on August 30.

Ellington is no stranger to injuries, sustaining ankle and hamstring injuries in his first two seasons. Against the Green Bay Packers on August 26 in the 49ers’ third preseason game, the injury bug bit again, as he tore his hamstring while attempting to return a kick. Ellington, 25, has a quick first step with great lateral speed. His loss is not a small one for HC Chip Kelly in his endeavor to resurrect the 49ers offense.

After Ellington tore his hamstring, the 49ers traded G Brandon Thomas to the Detroit Lions for WR Jeremy Kerley, who last seasons led the AFC in punt return yardage for the New York Jets.

Kerley definitely has the quickness that Ellington has, but he might be a little bit more skilled when it comes to returning punts.

In 2015, Kerley primarily served as a return specialist, and although he played in all 16 games, he finished with only 16 receptions for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ellington finished with 13 receptions for 153 yards and no touchdowns.

With Ellington’s absence, the Niners have done a good job accounting for the loss in the return game. But the potential loss or gain in the offensive game is incalculable.

In other news, the 49ers released UDFA DE Jason Fanaika to get down to 75-player limit.

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