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The 49ers have placed RB Joe Williams on IR

By Sam Monson
Sep 3, 2017
San Francisco 49ers Joe Williams

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SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 31: Ryan Carrethers #90 of the Los Angeles Chargers tries to tackle Joe Williams #32 of the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
  • The San Francisco 49ers have placed rookie RB Joe Williams on injured reserve with an injury that would not ordinarily warrant that designation. Williams became a draft time story with reports that the back hadn’t even been on the 49ers draft board before they had a change of heart and traded up to draft him, but now won’t contribute in year one.
  • Williams led the team in preseason playing time with 66 snaps, the most of all 49ers backs, but he was outplayed by fellow rookie Matt Breida and 2015 free agent Raheem Mostert across the warmup games.
  • Williams ended the preseason with good numbers, gaining 5.2 yards per carry, 3.8 of which came after contact, breaking four tackles on 25 carries, but he did fumble the ball and dropped one of his five targets.

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