SANTA CLARA Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who will set season lows for catches and receiving yards in 2016, will end the season on injured reserve, the 17th 49er lost for the year due to injury.
Smith suffered a concussion earlier this month against the New York Jets, briefly losing consciousness. He has not practiced since, and on Friday the team decided to use his roster spot on inside linebacker Wynton McManis.
The 49ers signed Smith as a free agent in 2015, and his five-year, $40 million deal was the biggest free-agent contract Trent Baalke has signed off on since he was promoted to general manager in 2011.
But Smith, who had been a consistent big-play receiver with the Ravens early in his career, couldn’t duplicate his success in the 49ers’ offense. He set career lows last year, and his statistics this season, 20 catches for 267 yards, were even more meager.
Earlier in the week, the 49ers placed another starting wide receiver, Quinton Patton, on injured reserve with a broken foot. The team’s healthy receivers are Jeremy Kerley, Rod Streater, Chris Harper, Aaron Burbridge and DeAndre Smelter.
Staley doubtful – Offensive tackle Joe Staley (hamstring) did not participate in Friday’s walkthrough and is doubtful for Saturday’s game. If he doesn’t play, it’ll be the third consecutive game he’s missed.
Center Marcus Martin (ankle) was limited in the walkthrough and is questionable. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (knee) is also questionable.