Pettis (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday. The move means little for the status of Pettis' sprained MCL -- he was already ruled out for Week 17 on Monday -- as the 49ers are just clearing roster space for healthy players prior to the season finale. The rookie second-round pick caught 27 passes for 467 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games, coming on strong towards the end of the season. Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor are likely to start at wide receiver Sunday against the Rams, with Marquise Goodwin (calf) also sidelined.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan has ruled Pettis (knee) out for the season finale Sunday against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Pettis sprained his MCL during this past weekend's loss to Chicago. His season now over, the 2018 second-rounder will get an early start to the offseason with much to build upon after averaging four receptions for 71.8 yards with four touchdowns over the final five games of the season. The impending return of Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) at quarterback in 2019 makes Pettis' future even brighter.
Pettis sustained an MCL injury Sunday against the Bears and is not expected to need surgery, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. It seems unlikely Pettis will play in the 49ers' meaningless Week 17 contest, but it's at least positive news that the rookie is not expected to need surgery. Kendrick Bourne figures to benefit the most in the event Pettis is indeed ruled out next week.
Pettis (knee) won't return to Sunday's contest against the Bears. The severity of Pettis' knee concern isn't known, but the 49ers won't risk his health with little to play for, draft positioning aside. Marquise Goodwin and Kendrick Bourne should benefit the most in Pettis' absence, but Trent Taylor and even Richie James are on hand for his vacated targets.
Pettis is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Bears due to a knee injury, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Pettis dealt with a knee injury late in the preseason and for most of the first half of the regular season, but he's mostly been injury-free since the calendar flipped to November, aside from a foot issue that limited him a bit during Week 15 prep. If he doesn't reenter the game, he'll fall short of 49 receiving yards for the first time since Week 10. Look for Marquise Goodwin and Kendrick Bourne to profit in Pettis' absence.
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