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DeAndre Smelter clears waivers, reverts to 49ers injured reserve

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And so, we get another year of waiting for a guy who really could use in-game reps.

The San Francisco 49ers used the waived/injured designation on wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, and he has now reverted to the team’s injured reserve list. The other 31 teams could have claimed Smelter, but they would have had to carry him on their 53-man roster.

Smelter suffered a torn ACL back in 2014, and spent his rookie season on the NFI list. He was back at practice during the offseason workout program, but suffered a hamstring injury at the end of OTAs. He sat out minicamp with that injury. He was in and out early in training camp, but the hamstring injury seemed to cost him playing time. Chip Kelly said a couple weeks back that the hamstring injury was week-to-week, and that was just about the last we heard of it.

As with quite a few of the ACL All Stars, we’re left to wait and see what Smelter might be able to do. It is easiest to just have zero assumptions about any kind of contribution. He could get healthy next year and do something, but given that he was already incredibly raw coming out of college, the lack of in-game reps is not helping matters.