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49ers place TE Garrett Celek on injured reserve; promote TE Daniel Helm

Celek’s time may be up with San Francisco

San Francisco 49ers v New Orleans Saints Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

Per ESPN’s Field Yates, the San Francisco 49ers are placing tight end Garrett Celek on the injured reserve. The corresponding move has already been made as the team promoted tight end Daniel Helm from the practice squad. Celek missed half the season after offseason back surgery, and he was limited in practice Wednesday due to a back issue. This is the final year of Celek’s four-year contract he signed back in 2016. Celek suffered a back injury in the Saints game, which is why he was limited Wednesday in practice. Expect Levine Toilolo to be active again with Celek’s injury.

The team also signed S Jacob Thieneman to the team’s practice squad. Thieneman (6-1, 215) originally entered the NFL after signing with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 15, 2019. He was waived by the Giants on June 13, later signed with the Indianapolis Colts on August 26 and was waived on August 31.

A 23-year-old native of Noblesville, Indiana, Thieneman attended Purdue University (2014-18), where he appeared in 34 games and registered 170 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 11 passes defensed, 7.0 sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery.

As for the rest of the injuries, here is how practice went Thursday:

Did not practice:

DE Dee Ford (hamstring)

NT D.J. Jones (ankle)

Rehabbing on the side:

CB Richard Sherman

CB K’Waun Williams

SS Jaquiski Tartt

DT Jullian Taylor

Dante Pettis practiced.

Sherman was reportedly running around and looked good, but I don’t think there’s any reason for him to rush back. San Francisco will need him, just not Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons.

If you’re wondering, this is the list of current 49ers that are on the injured reserve:







S. Coleman







D. Moore


T. Taylor

Other than that, the team is pretty healthy!