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49ers’ CB Will Redmond closer to return

September 20, 2014: Defensive back Will Redmond (2) of the Mississippi State Bulldogs celebrates after defeating the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA
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The San Francisco 49ers designated CB Will Redmond as their injured player who can come back from IR; each team is allowed to do that just once. He’s not going to be back on the field until Week 9, at the very soonest, but it does look like he’s closer than ever to that return.

This has been the direction the 49ers were leaning ever since September, though they did not have to designate him for a return back then. At the time, defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil said of eventually bringing him onto the active roster:

“Yeah, I think that’s the plan. Will’s a guy that we were very excited about when we drafted him. We’re still very excited about him. We’ll lean on (VP of football operations Jeff Ferguson) and the athletic training staff as far as when he’s fully back and if it’s a situation down the line where we can activate him. I’m sure that will be a conversation.”

Redmond played at Mississippi State, and he tore his ACL last October. He likely would have gone even higher in the draft if he’d been healthy, but the 49ers had to take him knowing he wouldn’t play for some time.

He did get some action in the preseason, so he’s been close to healthy for a while. He played in two games, saw just under 40 snaps, and showed some promise. That is a lot different than playing in the regular season, but the 49ers think that he’s a guy they can work into their defense and turn into a starter eventually. It will just take time to get him there.

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