Just over a week after recording his first two-touchdown game in nearly three years, 49ers tight end Jordan Reed is headed to injured reserve, having hurt his left knee Sunday in San Francisco's 36-9 win over the New York Giants.
San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that tests revealed an medial collateral ligament sprain, and the former Pro Bowler is expected to be sidelined for up to two months.
"I know he's disappointed but not discouraged. I think he was really liking where he was at," Shanahan said. "It's something that's going to take some time, probably six to eight weeks. I know he's disappointed in that, but nothing that's going to affect him after that.
"He'll hit his rehab hard. Hopefully, we can weather the storm while he's gone, and he'll come back to a good team."
Reed, 30, was injured in the first quarter in the 49ers' road game at MetLife Stadium, which was also the site of San Francisco's win over the New York Jets the prior week. In the Week 2 victory, Reed filled in for injured star George Kittle (sprained left knee), posting a team-best seven receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns.
Reed, who had six productive seasons with Washington from 2013-18 (including a Pro Bowl selection after the 2016 season), sat out the 2019 season after being forced to step away from the game following a series of concussions that threatened his career. Before his two touchdowns on Sept. 20 against the Jets, his most recent scoring catch came in November 2018, and his latest game with multiple touchdowns occurred in October 2017.
Reed owns 340 career receptions for 3,456 yards and 26 touchdowns in 68 games (35 starts).
Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner were the 49ers' only healthy remaining tight ends on Sunday after Reed left the game.
Despite their 2-1 start, the 49ers have been riddled with injuries already this season. They beat the Giants on Sunday without starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), Kittle, running backs Raheem Mostert (MCL sprain) and Tevin Coleman (knee) and All-Pro defensive end Nick Bosa (torn ACL), among many others.
--Field Level Media