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49ers host LB Mychal Kendricks on a visit

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Per ESPN's Field Yates, the 49ers are hosting linebacker Michael Kendricks on a visit. The team released Kendricks off the injured reserve on September 4 with an injury settlement. Now, per Yates, "a return to San Francisco could be on the horizon."

You never want to wish an injury on a player, but hosting Kendricks is the likely corresponding move for another injury. Kyle Shanahan is set to speak to the media at 3:30 p.m. PT Monday. So we'll have an idea why the Niners are considering bringing back Kendricks in a little over an hour from now.

Here's what Kyle Shanahan and DeMeco Ryans said in their pressures back in training camp about Kendricks:

“I mean we played against Mychal for a long time. I mean, going back when I was in the NFC East, going against him in Philly all the time. And he’s done a hell of a job in Seattle these last couple of years.”


“It’s not all new to him. Maybe new terminology and things like that he just has to translate, but Mych, he’ll grasp the concepts pretty quickly. He’s a good football player, a good veteran player who’s done it in this league, and I’m just excited to add some depth to that room with a veteran who’s done it before.”

If healthy, the coaching staff may prefer a veteran linebacker over Marcell Harris or Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles. That's just as if not more likely for the reasoning to bringing in Kendricks.

We'll update you once Shanahan speaks later Monday afternoon.