SANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Will Redmond will not be elevated to the active roster from injured reserve, the latest blow to general manager Trent Baalke's philosophy of drafting players coming off of ACL injuries.
Redmond was a highly regarded cornerback at Mississippi State but suffered a knee injury in October last year. The 49ers selected him in the third round with Baalke noting that Redmond's injury was standard as far as ACL issues go and that he was ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation.
Bealke insisted that Redmond not only would play this season but that he'd participate in training camp.
"Very comfortable with where he’s at and very comfortable that he’ll be ready to go come training camp," he said after Redmond was drafted.
But the cornerback only was a partial participant in training camp, did not play in any of the team's preseason games and was placed on injured reserve in early September. Last month the 49ers designated him as their player who could return from injured reserve and play this season.
The earliest he could have played was Sunday's game against the Saints. Redmond, however, did not make enough progress in recent weeks and will not be activated this year. He practiced with the team Tuesday, the last day he is eligible to do so. The 49ers are now unable to use the return-from-IR designation on any other players.
Since 2013, the 49ers have drafted seven players who were coming off of college ACL injuries. Some of them, like running back Marcus Lattimore, are no longer in the league. Others like Tank Carradine and Keith Reaser remain on the squad but are not starters.
Et cetera -- The 49ers reshuffled the bottom of their wide-receiving corps Tuesday, promoting former Cal receiver Chris Harper to the active roster and releasing Keshawn Martin, who hadn’t been active for a game since fumbling a kickoff against the Bills on Oct. 16. The 49ers filled the practice-squad space that Harper had occupied with rookie receiver Mose Frazier, who played at Memphis and who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Broncos in the offseason.
* The team through its first practice of the week without receiver Torrey Smith (back) and tackle Joe Staley, who may be getting a veteran rest day.
* Carlos Hyde, who has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, again went through practice in a blue jersey that signals he is to avoid contact. DuJuan Harris played well in Hyde’s absence on Sunday.