Darius Fleming, a linebacker from Notre Dame chosen by the 49ers in the fifth round of the draft, will not play his rookie season.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Fleming tore his ACL during his first rookie minicamp practice.
There was no contact in the drill when Fleming went down, but he bent his knee awkwardly and couldn’t continue. Initial reports said Fleming suffered a hamstring injury, but an MRI confirmed that it’s actually a torn ACL, which almost certainly means Fleming won’t play until 2013.
Fleming signed his four-year, $2.264 million contract the day before the injury.