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The San Francisco 49ers did not include two notable players on their training camp injury lists. We break down Will Redmond avoiding the NFI list.

The San Francisco 49ers have dealt with some unexpected injury news thus far in the form of Ian Williams and Jaquiski Tartt. Williams is done for the year, while Tartt will likely miss a few days with a quad injury. However, there appears to also be some good news. Glenn Dorsey and Will Redmond were out at practice on Sunday. Dorsey took part in individual drills, while Redmond got some work in 11-on-11 drills. Having both players out there means neither will be on the PUP or NFI lists.

Redmond is a particularly interesting one given his talent and injury. He tore his ACL in late October, missing the rest of the season. When the 49ers drafted him in the third round, the usual ACL All Star jokes kicked up. In the first media session after Redmond’s selection, Redmond was confident he would be back for training camp. Trent Baalke was also optimistic, which was sort of saying something given the handling of previous ACL injuries.

Redmond spent the entirety of OTAs and minicamp rehabbing, so I was skeptical he would be ready for day one of training camp. He was ready though, and that could be huge for the secondary. Redmond was drafted to play slot corner. Chris Davis handled much of the work in OTAs and minicamp, but Redmond is a real threat to supplant him on the depth chart. We’ve got two weeks to wait and see, but Redmond will be a player to watch closely over the next two weeks leading up to the preseason opener.