49ers Rookie Cornerback Redmond Will Not Play This Season

Rookie cornerback Will Redmond will remain on injured reserve for the remainder of the season, 49ers defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil said on Tuesday.

Redmond’s 21-day practice window closes on Tuesday, and the 49ers must make a decision by 1 p.m. whether to elevate him to the 53-man roster or keep him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.

O’Neil said Redmond is not scheduled to practice on Tuesday.

On Oct. 18, the 49ers opened the 21-day practice window for Redmond to come off the injured reserve list. Last week, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Redmond was taking part in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 practice drills.

The 49ers placed Redmond, a third-round draft pick from Mississippi State, on injured reserve after the initial cut to 53 players to allow him to continue to rehab from a torn ACL that ended his college career.

Redmond’s failure to be available as a rookie is another negative on general manager Trent Baalke’s draft record.

Upon selecting Redmond with the No. 68 overall selection, Baalke promised Redmond would be available to play as a rookie.

“He will be healthy and he will be ready to go,” Baalke said in April.

Redmond sustained a torn right ACL during a practice in October. Redmond was one of the 49ers’ 30 official pre-draft visits. The team’s medical staff gave him a physical. The team has also remained in close contact with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery.

“We had him valued higher than where we took him,” Baalke said shortly after selecting Redmond. “The injury was a very standard procedure. He’s on schedule to slightly ahead of schedule. We’ve had a lot of contact with this young man.”

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