Ebukam (knee) isn't listed on the 49ers' injury report Wednesday. Ebukam has been dealing with a knee injury for most of August, but he is finally off the injured list ahead of San Francisco's season opener against the Lions. Ebukam will likely fill a depth role in the opener if he remains healthy.
Ebukam didn't practice Tuesday due to a right knee injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Ebukam has been sitting out practice the past few days due to the injury and remained sidelined at Tuesday's session. It's become increasingly unlikely the 26-year-old will be available for Saturday's preseason opener versus the Chiefs.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday that Ebukam has been sidelined in practice recently due to swelling in his leg, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. Shanahan compared Ebukam's injury to normal wear and tear players experience early in training camp, but the team has elected to give him some rest as a precautionary measure. Although the 2017 fourth-rounder doesn't appear to be facing a long-term absence, it's not yet clear whether the injury will impact his availability for Saturday's exhibition game against the Chiefs.
Ebukam was sidelined at Friday's practice due to lower-body soreness, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Ebukam tallied 4.5 sacks in each of the past two seasons with the Rams before jumping ship to division-rival San Francisco this offseason. He is now looking to secure a role providing depth on the team's defensive line in 2021. His absence from practice due to lower-body soreness is not too surprising, as everyone's bodies are adjusting to training camp being in full swing. Still, it would be advantageous for a guy fighting for a job to return to the field sooner than later.
Ebukam agreed to a two-year contract worth up to $13.5 million with the 49ers on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. San Francisco got a first-hand look at Ebukam with the NFC West rival Rams over the past four seasons, and the 49ers evidently came away impressed with what the outside linebacker can do. Ebukam totaled 4.5 sacks in each of the past two seasons in Los Angeles, and the Nigerian will likely play a similar rotational role with his new team.
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