Chip Kelly on Thursday said he hasn’t considered putting in a waiver claim for his former receiver, Josh Huff, and that he doesn’t know the details of Huff’s arrest earlier this week in New Jersey.
Huff, whom Kelly and the Eagles drafted in the third round in 2014, was arrested for DUI, possession of marijuana, illegal possession of a firearm and having six hollow-tip bullets in his car after police pulled him over for speeding on a bridge just south of the Eagles training complex. The Eagles waived the 25-year-old receiver on Thursday.
Kelly said he was informed of Huff’s release just before he met with reporters Thursday morning.
“I haven’t followed any of it,” he said. “I know he got arrested two days ago, but I haven’t followed any of it. I don’t have any information on that.”
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Asked if he would sit down with general manager Trent Baalke to discuss making a waiver claim, Kelly said that was impossible since Baalke was away scouting college prospects. Baalke, however, returned to the 49ers facility in time to watch most of Thursday’s practice.
The 49ers are short on quality wide receivers and have had to add three to their active roster – Jeremy Kerley, Rod Streater and Keshawn Martin – since they went through training camp. The 49ers rank last in passing offense this season.
Huff, meanwhile, played for Kelly at Oregon. He was lightly used as a rookie in 2014 and last year had 20 catches, 224 receiving yards and three touchdowns while also serving as the Eagles kick returner. This year he is off to a slow start with just 13 catches for 72 yards, although he recently had a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown.
He issued an apology to the Eagles on Thursday. “I’m sorry that any action by me brought negative light to this organization. Most important, I want to let the fans and community as a whole know that I understand the responsibility I have as a professional athlete, and I will take all measures necessary to correct mistakes I have made.”
Hyde still hurting – Running back Carlos Hyde said his shoulder feels dramatically better than it did after he injured it Oct. 16 in Buffalo but that it’s still sore. Hyde went through a limited practice Thursday for the third straight day and remains in a blue jersey that signals he is to avoid contact.
Asked if he will play Sunday against the Saints, Hyde said: “I don’t know. I really hope so. We’ll see.”
Hyde said he was diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in the shoulder. He said the biggest concern is the impact from getting tackled, especially if a defender lands on it, which is how the injury occurred on Buffalo’s artificial surface.
“Today it was sore, but it’s OK,” Hyde said. “It’s all right. I’ve felt worse. It’s nowhere near how it was the first time I hurt it.”
If he can’t play, the 49ers again would turn to a combination of DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn at the position.
Ramsey suspended – Former 49ers defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey, who retired in July without having played a snap for the team, was suspended 10 games for violating the league’s NFL banned substance policy, the NFL Network reported. Ramsey, a seventh-round pick in 2014, was suspended four games a year ago for violating the league’s policy of performance-enhancing substances when he was on the team’s practice squad.