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Injuries aren’t predictable, but when there’s history, you can’t ignore it

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Each of the 49ers four players on IR have been injured within the past two seasons

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The injury bug has the biggest crush on the San Francisco 49ers. The team deserves some blame here as well. Jalen Hurd has been battling a back injury that has kept him out of action for almost two full months now. The 49ers took a risk on Hurd recovering from a knee injury that kept him out of the combine as well as the Senior Bowl. There wasn’t any way for the team to know Hurd would suffer another injury, but the risk is obvious when you draft a player that needs to get healthy so he can play.

If you look at the injury history from the other players that are currently on the IR, it’s not great. Let’s take a look.

Kentavius Street missed his rookie season after an ACL injury before he was drafted. He is on the short-term IR this season after having the same knee scoped.

Jason Verrett has a lengthy injury history. A torn Achilles tendon during the first five minutes of conditioning in 2017. A partially torn ACL in his left knee in 2016. He missed 2018, and after 14 snaps against the Steelers, Verrett finds himself on the injured reserve yet again.

Trent Taylor broke his foot on August 10, and he’s been out since then and isn’t expected to return until the middle of the season at the earliest. This time last year, we wondered if Taylor’s back injury would hurt his career.

Four candidates to return from the injured reserve, and each of them has multiple injury histories within the last two years. You have to wonder if these injuries will be turned off by an injury from a player the 49ers are interested in signing or drafting in the future. When you gamble on injuries, you can’t be surprised by these types of outcomes. The issue becomes when you stack multiple players on a roster. The 49ers roster looks like it’s injury-riddled. Some of that is due to bad luck. Some of that is due to betting against history.

I’m fascinated to see who the 49ers bring back once each player recovers from their injury. Taylor and Hurd are easy answers. The Niners don’t need Street this year, and Verrett has proven he can’t be relied on. He plays the most important position, though.