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Bruce Ellington brings a spark for Texans, but unlikely to play vs. 49ers

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The 49ers former receiver has put up career highs this season, but it sounds like he won’t play Sunday.

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The San Francisco 49ers travel to face the Houston Texans this weekend, and it looks like they will not get a chance to face off against an old friend. Wide receiver Bruce Ellington suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of the Texans Week 13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. On Tuesday, head coach Bill O’Brien said they will no more on Wednesday, but, “it doesn’t look great for him to be available for the game.”

The 49ers released Ellington this past August after he had missed the previous year with a hamstring tear. The New York Jets claimed Ellington but he failed his physical and was released into free agency. Six days later, he signed with the Texans.

Ellington missed Week 2 with a concussion, but has otherwise stayed on the field most of this season. In 11 games, he has 29 receptions for 330 yards and two touchdowns. The bar is relatively low, but he is having a career year. It is interesting to note he has not handled kick return duties, and has five total punt returns after doing extensive return work during his time with the 49ers.

Bill O’Brien has enjoyed what Ellington brings to the table.

"We love coaching Bruce. He’s brought a spark to our team. He can do a lot of different things. He can play out of the slot, he can play on the outside, he’s helped us as a punt returner. I mean, he’s just done a lot of different things. Great teammate, great guy to coach. Brings a fantastic personality into the building every day. Loves to work, loves to compete. Good guy to have on the team.”

I am actually a little disappointed we won’t get to see Ellington on the field. He is not putting up monster numbers, but prior to this week it was good to see him staying on the field. The Texans will release their first practice participation report Wednesday afternoon, so we’ll get a better handle on his status then.