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Eric Reid expected to miss ‘a few weeks’ with PCL injury

The 49ers could get him back in a similar timeline as Reuben Foster.

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The San Francisco 49ers suffered a tough loss on Sunday, but they might have dodged a bullet in terms of how serious it could have been. Strong safety Eric Reid suffered a PCL injury in the team’s Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but Ian Rapoport is reporting it is only expected to cost him a few weeks.

Like any knee ligament injury, the PCL has degrees of severity. It sounds like it is not nearly as severe as it could have been. Missed time is never ideal, but it could be worse.

The 49ers next few games include hosting the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, and then traveling to face the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Washington in Weeks 4-6. A bye would have been nice in the next couple weeks for getting Reid and Reuben Foster back, but the 49ers don’t get a week off until Week 11.

In Reid’s absence, the 49ers have some questions at safety. This would normally result in Jimmie Ward formally back in the starting lineup, and Jaquiski Tartt moving over to strong safety. However, Tartt is questionable this week with a neck injury. Lorenzo Jerome might start in his place, and Adrian Colbert and Asa Jackson could also be options at safety.

We have not gotten an update on Reuben Foster’s ankle, but this could time pretty well to get both Reid and Foster back pretty close together. The 49ers defense is off to a strong start, and once they get both Reid and Foster back on the field, it bodes well for the unit moving forward.