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49ers place New London's Reed on short-term IR with knee injury

Santa Clara, Calif. — Another knee injury will rob the San Francisco 49ers of another weapon after tight end Jordan Reed got hurt during  Sunday's 39-6 victory over the New York Giants.

Reed, 30, might need up to two months to recover, the team said. The 49er will place Reed on the injured reserve list with the expectation that he will return this season, his first with the 49ers after injuries plagued his previous tenure at Washington.

"I know he's disappointed but not discouraged," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He was liking where he's at. It'll take some time, and they're saying six to eight weeks."

Reed, the ex-New London High School star, spent last season on injured reserve after sustaining his seventh documented concussion since college. He caught 2 of 6 passes Sunday before exiting. Ross Dwelley filled in well as both a receiver and blocker after Reed's departure.

"He'll hit his rehab hard, and hopefully we can weather the storm while he's gone and he'll come back to a good team," Shanahan said.

Reed was placed on the injured reserve list four times in seven seasons with Washington, including the past three and his rookie year in 2013.

Stepping up in place of the injured George Kittle, Reed had two touchdowns in the 49ers' Week 2 road victory over the New York Jets. After suffering an ankle injury Sunday against the Giants, Reed returned only to hurt his knee while attempting a catch. He sat out the second half of the game.

Kittle suffered a knee sprain in the 49ers' season-opening defeat and missed the two victories over the Jets and Giants. The 49ers will evaluate him Wednesday for a possible return this week, the team said.

Also sustaining knee injuries this season were defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas (both with anterior cruciate ligament tears), and running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman. Coleman went on injured reserve last week.

"It's a very violent sport so there is a lot of turnover," Shanahan said. "I do feel we've had more (injuries) than usual this year."


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