49ers to Place CB Richard Sherman on Injured Reserve

Richard Sherman in 2016. Photo by Sean Brown/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

The San Francisco 49ers have unexpectedly placed cornerback Richard Sherman on the injured reserve list because of an unspecified leg injury.

This means that Sherman will have to miss at least three weeks before he can come back, according to league rules. So as soon as he could see live game action would be in Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins, a game that will be played on October 11 in San Francisco.

Reports have hinted on the leg injury being a calf strain.

Sherman looked completely healthy in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, in which he played 78 of 82 defensive snaps. The only snaps that Sherman was not on the field for were the last four that Arizona used to run out the clock at the end of the game.

The 49ers are already very thin at cornerback. The other veteran CB on the roster, Jason Verrett, has a hamstring issue, and right now, the 49ers only have three healthy cornerbacks on the active roster.

Sherman suffered a ruptured right Achilles in late 2017, which is probably why the 49ers are being very cautious with any lower leg injuries he may have.