SANTA CLARA -- Safety L.J. McCray is back with the 49ers after failing a physical with the Seahawks, a league source confirmed Monday. News of the transaction first was reported by the NFL Network.
The 49ers traded McCray, 25, to Seattle on Saturday for a late-round draft pick. He had been recovering from a knee injury suffered in 2015. McCray played 58 snaps in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Chargers and had six tackles in the game. He played 21 snaps a week earlier. However, he was held out of the team’s first two preseason games.
McCray reverts back to the 49ers, who now must make a transaction by 1 p.m. It’s likely that the team will waive McCray, which is what they intended before striking a deal with Seattle.
“I just think we had a lot of depth in our secondary,” Chip Kelly said Saturday. “We also felt like he was going to get claimed in the waiver wire. Seattle really wanted him, so it was an opportunity for us to pick up a draft pick that could potentially turn into another player for us instead of outright releasing him.”
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McCray played in the first eight games last season before suffering a knee injury. He was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 7. He joined the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and has been a special teams coverage specialist since.