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Report: Ahkello Witherspoon suffers sprained knee, won’t need surgery

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Nothing huge, but his 2018 could be over.

The San Francisco 49ers got out of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with few injuries, except a particular one sending cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon to the sidelines. It looked like a knee injury and given the body part we can all assume the worse. Ian Rapoport reports that it’s an MRI confirmed a knee sprain. He will not need surgery.

A knee sprain could no doubt end Witherspoon’s season with the 49ers having two more games to go. The good part is that it’s about all the injury will take as it won’t keep him out of any activities in 2019.

After a solid finish to 2017, Witherspoon’s play has been subject to criticism in 2018, but he’s had a solid last few games. The 49ers would be wise to get competition in at the cornerback position this offseason, but Witherspoon’s third season will be one to watch and see if he can finally piece everything together.

If Witherspoon is done for the final two games, Tarvarius Moore would get some snaps in his place. Being a rookie and converting from free safety to cornerback, some gameday reps would benefit Moore’s development and allow Kyle Shanahan an extended look at the rookie.

49ers dodged a bullet.