Cam Inman of Mercury news reported that San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis left Wednesday’s practice early with an apparent knee injury. Pettis was able to walk to the locker room on his own power after he was evaluated by the team’s medical staff. There is no media availability on Thanksgiving, so we may have to wait until Friday when Shanahan is scheduled to speak next.
Per Inman, Pettis was hurt during a special teams drill. The second-year wideout has had a season to forget. He battled injuries through training camp. Pettis was nursing a groin injury, and has an injury to his pectoral as well. Pettis hasn’t caught a pass since Halloween, and hasn’t had multiple receptions in a game since Week 6 against the Rams.
Pettis has gotten some tough love from his coach. On Monday, after talking up linebacker Fred Warner, Shanahan said, “sometimes you have a really good first year, then you relax, and get humbled the second year.” He didn’t say any names but it’s clear as mud who he’s referring to.
Hopefully this injury isn’t serious. I know it’s easy to pile on Pettis, but he’s still part of the team and I wouldn’t give up on him just yet. This time last season I’m sure many fans felt like Ahkello Witherspoon was a lost cause. Fast forward a season later and Spoon is playing like a top-five player. Pettis deserves another year to prove himself.
We’ll have more updates on this once we hear more.