The 49ers placed their 17th and 18th players on injured reserve today, signing wide receiver and punt returner Trindon Holliday to fill one of the roster spots. The team placed starting right guard Alex Boone (knee) and special teams ace Bubba Ventrone (groin) on injured reserve, ending their seasons.
The 49ers also signed a cornerback, Cameron Fuller, to the 53-man roster. That doesn’t bode well for Perrish Cox’s (shoulder) availability for Sunday’s finale against the Cardinals.
The 5-5, 166-pound Holliday has played in 32 NFL games with 51 kickoff returns for 1,372 yards (26.9 average) and two touchdowns as well as along 82 punt returns for 769 yards (9.4 average) and two touchdowns. Originally selected by the Houston Texans in the sixth round in 2010, Holliday, 28, spent time on the Texans practice squad and active roster from 2010-12. He’s also been with the Broncos and Giants, and he played one game for the Buccaneers this year before his release on November 17.
The 49ers average 6.5 yards per punt return, ranking them 27th in the league.
Fuller, 23, was signed to the 49ers’ practice squad on Dec. 16. With Tramaine Brock coming back from a hamstring injury, the 49ers’ healthy cornerbacks are now Fuller, Chris Culliver, Dontae Johnson, Leon McFadden and Marcus Cromartie.
Sunday’s will be the first game Boone misses due to injury. It’s unknown who will take his spot in the starting lineup. Joe Looney had been the top backup at guard, but he appeared to be demoted last week. The other backups are Jonathan Martin, who has mostly played tackle with the 49ers, as well as rookie Dillon Farrell and Andrew Tiller.
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