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Niners roll dice with IR return designation

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Starting last year, every team acquired the ability to put one player per year on injured reserve with the ability to return to play after eight weeks.

This year, the 49ers have used theirs on linebacker Nick Moody, a rookie sixth-round draft pick.  Moody, who has a hand injury, will be eligible to return to action in Week 10, against the Panthers.

The 49ers have filled the void on the roster, as we pointed out this morning on Twitter, with receiver-special teamer Kassim Osgood.  The 11th-year pro was cut by the 49ers before the start of the 2013 regular season.

By using the designation on Moody, the 49ers won’t have it available if any other player suffers a multi-week injury that doesn’t end his season.  Though we’ll mention no names in order to avoid being blamed if the player(s) named suffer a multi-week injury, any other 49ers players who could return at a later date would now have to be carried on the roster until healthy.

Of course, that’s the way it was before 2012.  For the 49ers, it’s the way it will be for the rest of the season.

Hopefully, no one will nick an artery while, say, shaving off an eyebrow.

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22 Responses to “Niners roll dice with IR return designation”
  1. mataug says: Sep 11, 2013 1:41 PM

    Kassim Osgood’s career was really screwed by the changes made by Roger Goodell.

  2. gosfvr says: Sep 11, 2013 1:41 PM

    Niner fan here, but the eyebrow comment was funny.
    Hopefully Kap wont need to shave it off after Sunday

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    There are arteries directly behind the eyebrows?! 0.O

  4. tcostant says: Sep 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    Am I the only one thinking that this spot could be easily improved?

    Basicly, now one player can be placed on IR return designation and return after the required number of games.

    Just change the rule, to only one player can return from the IR after the required number of games.

    So let everyone go on IR and jst let only one return, but do away with the designation before hand. If the goal is to get a player back – this is better.

  5. ctiggs says: Sep 11, 2013 1:47 PM

    Best team, best tandem, top 3 QB

  6. swaggyy says: Sep 11, 2013 1:49 PM

    ^ believe me, he will.

  7. bobhk says: Sep 11, 2013 2:01 PM

    They must be seeing something really good in Moody.

  8. hawkfan50 says: Sep 11, 2013 2:07 PM

    Florio predicting a Seahawk victory – love it !

    GO HAWKS !!

  9. ccjcsr says: Sep 11, 2013 2:15 PM

    Both teams are overrated in my book.

  10. jayniner says: Sep 11, 2013 2:30 PM

    Why is it everyone wants to see Kaepernick get hurt so bad?

    Clay Mathews proved that the only way to really hit him is to make it a late, out of bounds cheap shot to even faze him….

    Just remember, you have to catch Kaepernick first before you can do anything to him.

  11. jimmyt says: Sep 11, 2013 2:31 PM

    ccjcsr says:
    Sep 11, 2013 2:15 PM

    Both teams are overrated in my book.

    Mine too. We’ll see soon.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 11, 2013 2:32 PM

    Rolling the dice ? Not really.

    If you don’t use that designation early in the year it won’t do you much good.

    If you use it later in the year then you get someone back right before the playoffs who will very rusty and out of football shape.

    Use it now and you get a guy back early enough to get him into shape and knock the rust off long before the playoffs.

    Use it too late in the season and the player can’t come back anyway as you won’t have the 8 weeks they have to sit out and another couple weeks to get into good shape and up to speed.

  13. makimaguro says: Sep 11, 2013 2:35 PM

    The Niners seem to carry a large number of special teams players (compared to other teams). This a true statement?

  14. wikipediasaidso says: Sep 11, 2013 2:53 PM

    tcostant | Sep 11, 2013, 12:46 PM CDT
    Am I the only one thinking that this spot could be easily improved?
    ========

    No, you’re not, and I’ve been wondering the same thing for a while. Seems ridiculous to me that they make teams make one and only one return designation at the time the player goes on IR rather than giving them the flexibility to decide whom to recall from IR (one time only transaction) later on.

    I get that they want to discourage “stashing”, but if the end result is you only get to recall one player per season either way, then they’ve pretty much got that covered. I think it makes more sense to let teams delay the decision of who they want to bring back so they can react to changing injury situations as the season progresses.

  15. norcalmafia says: Sep 11, 2013 2:56 PM

    So the Redskins are beeing criticized for their Indian logo but the Shehawks are allowed to plaster a wiener with a beak on it across the side of thier helmets?!!!…blasphemy!

  16. awdlmd says: Sep 11, 2013 3:06 PM

    It’s not really a gamble. If an important player gets hurt they will just be inactive for a few weeks. Really it’s just a decision of when in the season you want to have the extra roster spot.

  17. maverick2560 says: Sep 11, 2013 3:09 PM

    This where the Nflpa need to be more proactive. With all the injuries
    That occur there should be more players that should be allowed to be designated for the IR and still eligible for reinstatement to the active roster. Many players have two-way contracts that pay less when on IR.
    They also lose any opportunity to reach bonuses contained in their contract I also believe that such a designation impacts a players pension eligibility. . It would not cost the owners much more money.
    There were such shorter IR designations before. My understanding for elimination of shorter IR was abuse by some teams who would
    stash younger players claiming dubious injuries. Present medical tests
    Could prevent such abuse. If there is a suspicious claim perhaps an independent exam would be needed.
    The economic harm to a player who has a 6-8 week injury is not fair. A player who is hurt the last week of preseason could still play as many as 10 to 12 games. The league should allow more of these within reason.

  18. jsto7017 says: Sep 11, 2013 3:16 PM

    Don’t they already have Crabtree on IR with the ability to return?? If not, how is Crabtree listed?

  19. ratsfoiledagain says: Sep 11, 2013 3:34 PM

    jayniner says: Sep 11, 2013 2:30 PM

    Why is it everyone wants to see Kaepernick get hurt so bad?

    Clay Mathews proved that the only way to really hit him is to make it a late, out of bounds cheap shot to even faze him….

    Just remember, you have to catch Kaepernick first before you can do anything to him.
    ^^^^^^^
    says every open field runner in the history of football. Not just Kaepernick.

  20. josephpete says: Sep 11, 2013 3:37 PM

    Expand rosters from 53 to 57, cap from 123 to 125 mil.

  21. 49erforlife says: Sep 11, 2013 3:39 PM

    Leave it Norcalmafia to use a 49er article to talk about his favorite subject the Seahawks. What a child. Go outside and play with the rest of the kids.

  22. norcalsportsknowledge says: Sep 11, 2013 3:40 PM

    Niners do carry a lot of S.T. players, probably giving up a TD in the Superbowl has something to do with it. In the past they were willing to pay the LS more then the punt returner, which I never understood.

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