49ers waive Trey Sermon, place Jimmie Ward on injured reserve

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The 49ers kept five running backs on their initial 53-player roster Tuesday. They reduced it to four Wednesday.

The team cut Trey Sermon, a third-round choice in 2021, to make room for the addition of offensive lineman Blake Hance. The 49ers claimed Hence off waivers from the Browns earlier in the day.

Sermon’s departure leaves Elijah Mitchell, Jeff Wilson Jr., Tyrion Davis-Price and Jordan Mason in the running backs room.

The 49ers traded two selections to move up and select Sermon last year, but he took a backseat to Mitchell, a sixth-round choice who had 1,100 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns. Sermon appeared in only nine games as a rookie with two starts, totaling 167 rushing yards and a touchdown on 41 carries.

General Manager John Lynch said last week that “Sermon has been one of our best players” during training camp.

It seems likely that someone claims Sermon off waivers.

The 49ers also announced they signed tight end Tyler Kroft and defensive lineman Jordan Willis to one-year deals. They placed linebacker Curtis Robinson and defensive back Jimmie Ward on injured reserve. Robinson and Ward will have to miss at least four games before returning to the active roster.

Ward injured his hamstring Aug. 15, and Robinson was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain in the third preseason game last Thursday.

5 responses to “49ers waive Trey Sermon, place Jimmie Ward on injured reserve

  1. That is a stacked running back room! Even Mason balled out to round out the committee. Sermon for all his physical traits just can’t hit the hole and go without dancing. That’s a no go Shanny’s ground attack.

  2. Reno Hightower says:
    August 31, 2022 at 6:28 pm
    Never heard of any of the stacked room’s running backs


    You’ve never heard of Elijah Mitchell? Did you watch the NFL last season?

  3. Isn’t it interesting that the 49ers whiff on some of their higher draft picks and then find gems like Mitchell and now Mason in the low rounds? I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of Mason this season giving Mitchell breathers. It should be fun!

  4. Not a good fit, will probably get picked up due to pedigree and may even have an NFL career.

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