49ers: J.J. Nelson joins the growing list of injured wide receivers

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San Francisco 49ers’ wide receiver J.J. Nelson is the latest wideout to suffer an injury.

What did the San Francisco 49ers do to upset the football gods? That’s the question many are probably asking after yet another wide receiver has been sidelined with an injury, this time it’s J.J. Nelson.

Nelson was signed less than two weeks ago following a slew of injuries at the wide receiver position. Now, Nelson himself will be joining them on the injury report.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan joined the folks over at KNBR on Friday to discuss the 49ers’ performance in training camp so far. And during the conversation, he revealed that Nelson had been injured.

While he didn’t specify the exact injury (Matt Barrows of The Athletic indicated that it was a knee issue), he did say that Nelson could be out for a month meaning that he will likely miss regular-season time.

"“J.J. Nelson has come in and done a really good job. He’s been banged up the last two days. We just got some injury stuff on him yesterday, so he’s going to probably be out here for the next month, so you lose another (receiver).”"

Shanahan was complimentary of Nelson’s performance thus far and he stood a good chance of making the roster, especially given the countless injuries at the position.

But now it’s unclear whether or not that will be the case. Perhaps this injury could have just cost him his roster spot.

J.J. Nelson certainly isn’t the only49ers wide receiver to suffer an injury this summer.

Nelson is far from the first 49ers receiver to go down this summer joining the likes of Deebo Samuel, Richie James, Jalen Hurd, and Brandon Aiyuk. That’s not even including veteran Travis Benjamin who opted out prior to the start of the season.

Nelson is one of five veteran wideouts who the 49ers have signed over the last couple of weeks to combat their ongoing issues at the position. Now, guys like Tavon Austin, Kevin White, and River Cracraft will have to pick up the slack.

At the top of the depth chart, the likes of Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis, and Trent Taylor have been running with the starters with Samuel and Aiyuk out.

Hopefully Aiyuk can return sooner rather than later. But at this point, it’s hard to have any optimism.

Next. 49ers sign former top-10 pick, wide receiver Kevin White. dark

Here’s to hoping that the 49ers get through the rest of training camp without any more injuries at the position.