Sherman is required to miss at least the next three weeks under the league’s adjusted injured reserve rules to land on injured reserve. The NFL Network first reported the move and Sherman is working with a calf.
The earliest Sherman will be for a Week 5 game against the Miami Dolphins on October 5th. San Francisco coach Kyle Sheenahan is expected to tackle the media situation and Sherman on Wednesday afternoon at 3:20 pm.
Sherman’s injury comes as a surprise after playing 78 of 78 snaps in the team’s loss to Arizona on Sunday. Four snaps were missed at the end of the game when Arizona was suffocating to run the clock.
On Monday, Shahan did not mention any injury concerns about Sherman, who joins top receiver Debo Samuel (foot) on the injured reserve.
Sherman’s defeat puts the Nanners in a precarious position at the corner, where veteran Jason Verrett is dealing with a hamstring injury.
As of Wednesday morning, the 49ers have just three other cornerbacks on the active roster in Emmanuel Moseley, Ahkelow Witherspoon and Ke’Von Williams.
Donta Johnson, who played after being one of the team’s two practice-squad call-ups last week, could be a candidate to play the stats again and replace Sherman in the roster until he returns. Would go
Given Sherman’s history with Achilles injuries, the Niners appear to play it cautiously with any potential lower leg issues. Sherman suffered a broken right akillis in November 2017, with a subsequent cleanup over the remaining akillis and then a sutures removed from his right akilis after the 2018 season.
Sherman returned to form last season when he was named second-team All-Pro with 61 tackles, three interceptions and 11 passes.