Bad news for the San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker depth chart. The team announced on Tuesday that Ray-Ray Armstrong is being placed on injured reserve with a pectoral injury. He suffered the injury on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, and had an MRI on Monday. Technically he could return, but if it is a torn pectoral, that will cost him the rest of the season.
Gerald Hodges had rotated with Armstrong at inside linebacker next to NaVorro Bowman. They split time particularly between run downs and pass downs. Michael Wilhoite is also on the depth chart, but had spent the first two weeks working entirely on special teams. Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil said they will need Hodges and Wilhoite to step up, but he did not specify if Wilhoite will move into a rotation with Hodges.
The 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, with practice set for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Team drills are closed to the media, so we won’t get a chance to know if Wilhoite is getting any first team work with Bowman. Chip Kelly meets with the media on Wednesday and Thursday, and I am guessing he will get a question about the ILB position. We’ll likely have to wait until Sunday to know what the plan is.