Oct 22, 2011; Charlottesville VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers defensive end Cam Johnson (56) lines up for a play against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the fourth quarter at Scott Stadium. North Carolina State defeated Virginia 28-14. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

49ers Promote Cam Johnson To 53-Man Roster

Injuries are beginning to rapidly pile up for the 49ers.

Justin Smith, who’s status for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks is questionable with an injured elbow, is the most recent victim to fall to the injury plague. But elsewhere, Kyle Williams and Kendall Hunter have both been bitten by the injury bug as well. Meaning, San Francisco is starting to dip into their reserve of alternative corps.

One of those corps is the most recently promoted Cam Johnson, a rookie linebacker out of Virginia.

San Francisco took Johnson in the seventh round of the 2012 draft, but released him after training camp only to quickly re-sign him to the practice squad.

After receiving the news of his promotion, Johnson told Kyle Bonagura of CBS Sports that “it’s been a long season and I was hoping that it would happen sooner or later, but I guess today is the day.”

Here’s a short excerpt from Bongaura’s report on CBS Sports:

“NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had Johnson ranked as the No. 50 prospect in the draft and projected he’d be picked in the second round, but Johnson fell due to a knee injury that he dealt with his entire senior year.”

Johnson could quickly be thrown into the fire, as well. Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that there’s a “strong chance that he’ll (Johnson) suit up for Sunday’s game in Seattle.

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