This morning, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area tweeted that the San Francisco 49ers planned to release wide receiver Bruce Ellington today.
Shortly after practice, the 49ers issued a statement confirming Maiocco’s tweet.
The 49ers drafted Ellington in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Shortly after, he signed a four-year contract with the team. In two seasons with the team, he played in 26 games, caught 19 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned punts and kicks for the 49ers.
Last season, Ellington spent the year on injured reserve after tearing a hamstring. He also missed a preseason game in 2016 due to an ankle injury.
Reports from training camp noted that Ellington was lining up as the third-string slot receiver, and was behind Jeremy Kerley and rookie Trent Taylor on the depth chart. Jerod Brown, who’s covered all of 49ers training camp, tweeted that Ellington was playing with the fourth string offense.
Thirteen wide receivers reported to the 49ers training camp this season. The team waived BJ Johnson earlier in the week due to a hamstring injury, and immediately signed Tim Patrick. Johnson is currently on injured reserve. Also, the team signed 9-year veteran Louis Murphy on July 31, adding more competition to the receiving corps.