Within the last levels of rehabbing his 2021 harm — an ACL tear — Jason Verrett has run into one other main well being subject. The 49ers introduced the veteran cornerback suffered an Achilles tear in follow Wednesday.
This marks the most recent in a protracted line of Verrett accidents. The previous first-round choose has proven appreciable expertise when out there. Sadly, he has not often been out there over the course of his nine-year profession.
The 49ers used one in every of their eight harm activations on Verrett, transferring him off the PUP listing and onto their 53-man roster earlier this season. Verrett had not made his 2022 debut for the workforce; that was set to come back quickly. Verrett’s newest harm brings extra availability hassle to what has been an injury-prone protection; the 49ers already misplaced beginning cornerback Emmanuel Moseley for the season.
Verrett, 31, has signed 4 one-year offers with the 49ers. Whereas the TCU alumnus’s physique has betrayed him as a professional, San Francisco continued to view the previous San Diego funding as a match. Throughout a 2020 season wherein many 49ers suffered severe accidents, Verrett stayed largely wholesome and thrived amid a misplaced marketing campaign for the workforce. That led to a pleasant payday — one 12 months, $5.5M — in 2021, however the ACL tear shut Verrett down in Week 1 of final season.
Throughout his profession, Verrett has suffered two ACL tears and two Achilles tears. His earlier Achilles setback got here through the Chargers’ 2018 coaching camp. These maladies have led to Verrett spending the majority of his NFL profession in rehab settings. He has performed greater than six video games in a season simply twice — in 2015 and 2020. These seasons produced a Professional Bowl (2015) and a top-15 Professional Soccer Focus rating (2020), however harm absences have overshadowed these expertise glimpses. By the tip of this season, Verrett’s games-played to games-missed ratio will likely be 40-to-106.
It’s considerably exceptional Verrett has managed to stay round this lengthy, all issues thought of. The Chargers picked up the previous No. 25 general choose’s fifth-year possibility in 2018, and the 49ers have continued to carry out hope he may play a key position. They re-signed Verrett to a league-minimum accord this offseason and have been slow-playing his return. San Francisco saved Verrett on its PUP listing to begin the season, however after Moseley went down, the prospect of Verrett re-entering the workforce’s beginning lineup was on the desk.
With out Verrett and Moseley, the 49ers might want to proceed their injury-related changes. They’ve made them at defensive sort out (Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw), linebacker (Azeez Al-Shaair) and at security (Jimmie Ward). San Francisco has used Deommodore Lenoir more and more and has dabbled with Ward, whose early-career stretch featured switches between security and nook, again within the slot. The workforce additionally has rookie Samuel Womack and 2021 third-rounder Ambry Thomas as choices behind Lenoir and Charvarius Ward.