No. 4: Weston Richburg Starts 2019 on Reserve/PUP List
One of the reasons San Francisco might be able to keep an extra wide receiver or two on the 53-man roster is due to injuries elsewhere.
And in this case, it’s not the best-case scenario.
The 49ers are still hoping veteran center Weston Richburg is available for Week 1 of the regular season. Currently, he’s on the physically unable-to-perform list and has yet to take part in any on-field activities after undergoing knee surgery during the offseason. In his place, the Niners have inserted perennial backup lineman Ben Garland at center, while also experimenting with right guard Mike Person in Richburg’s stead.
By rule, players who start a regular season on the reserve/PUP list don’t count against the 53-man roster but can’t be activated to the roster before Week 7.
So it might be good the 49ers have an early bye week this season, meaning Richburg’s predicted absence would only force him to miss five games.
San Francisco clearly wants Richburg back in the fray as soon as possible, given the lofty free-agent deal he signed back in 2018. But considering he hasn’t taken part in any of the team’s spring or summer practices and likely won’t be back and ready to go anytime soon, it wouldn’t be shocking at all to see him rested and prepared for a midseason insertion date.