Clayton’s injury is season-ender

Clayton’s injury is season-ender


The 49ers designated RB Thomas Clayton waived/injured today. Clayton, who sustained a torn right ACL in Friday’s game, is out for the season.


Any team can claim Clayton, but that seems unlikely because he’s out for the season. If he goes unclaimed, Clayton automatically reverts back to the 49ers and will go on injured reserve. If the 49ers had just placed Clayton on injured reserve without the “waived” designation, he still would have counted against the team’s 80-man limit until the first cutdown day (Sept. 5).


Clayton had started to get on the radar screen of teams around the league. His name had come up in trade rumors in recent weeks, with the Eagles believed to be a team that had expressed interest in his services.


After leading the 49ers in rushing the past two exhibition seasons, Clayton had started to get some attention around the league.


“It’s hard to miss him,” 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. “If you look at him on film, he’s the kind of guy who’s going as fast as he can go and as hard as he can go.”


The 49ers signed FB Bill Rentmeester (6-0, 254). A rookie from Wisconsin, Rentmeester originally signed with the Chargers as a free agent. The Chargers waived him Aug. 5.


Also, FB Zak Keasey is expected to miss 8-10 weeks with a broken forearm. The club did not make any roster move with Keasey, leaving open the possibility of carrying him on their 53-man roster to open the season.


–LB Patrick Willis (ankle) and TE Delanie Walker (concussion) are scheduled to return to practice Monday, Singletary said. CB Tarell Brown (toe) is scheduled to resume running. RB Michael Robinson (groin) and G David Baas (foot) are listed as day-to-day.


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