The injury bug does not seem to be going away for the San Francisco 49ers receiving corps. Whether it’s an injury to a high-profile wide receiver like Michael Crabtree, or an injury to a receiver trying to make an NFL roster for the first-time like Brandon Carswell, the receiver corps cannot catch a break. Carswell was released by the Niners on Tuesday after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. It was reported he tore his knee last week at minicamp.
The Oakland Raiders signed Carswell as an undrafted free agent in 2012 after he attended USC. He had three receptions for 36 yards in four preseason games for the Raiders. However, he spent all of last season on their practice squad.
The heartbreaking part of this story is that Carswell signed a two-year deal with the 49ers the same day he suffered a torn ACL on June 12. In fact, the injury occurred a half hour into practice after he took the field for the first time for the Niners. He was a long shot to make the team, but if he did he was expected to be a reserve receiver and have a role on special teams.
Like Crabtree, Carswell also sustained his injury during a non-contact drill at practice. Carswell went to Milpitas High School in the Bay Area where he led them to the 2006 CIF Central Coast championship. In his senior season he had 11 interceptions as a cornerback, and as a quarterback ran for 1,503 yards and 19 touchdowns. He switched to wide receiver in college after he went to USC. Hopefully Carswell will be able to fully recover and restart his NFL career.
With the release of Carswell the 49ers now have an open roster spot. We can expect the spot to be filled quickly and with a wide receiver. Currently the 49ers have the following receivers signed with the team: Anquan Boldin, Crabtree, Chad Hall, Chuck Jacobs, A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Mario Manningham, Marlon Moore, Kassim Osgood, Quinton Patton and Kyle Williams.