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49ers move 3 backups to injured reserve

The 49ers cut down to the 53-man roster on Saturday. It turns out three of the moves were injury-related.

The San Francisco 49ers cut down to 53 players on Saturday, and at the time, Kentavius Street’s move to the Reserve/NFI list was believed to be the only injury related move. However, it turns out three of the roster cuts were injury-related. The NFL released the official transaction list for Saturday, and it included wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, offensive lineman J.P. Flynn, and fullback Malcolm Johnson moved to injured reserve.

There is no word on their injuries, but for the time being, the three are on injured reserve, which means the 49ers are carrying some portion of their salary. They likely have split contracts which pay them less than their full salary for ending up on IR, but considering all three were making at or near the league minimum, it is not a big chunk of change.

The 49ers could still work out an injury settlement with one or more of the players. That would entail the team paying them the number of game checks required to cover the length of their injury. If it’s a season-ending injury, the team would just keep them on IR. But, if it is a more limited injury, the team could figure out a settlement and part ways. The player would then be able to sign with another team as soon as possible.