49ers Lose Receiver/Returner For Two Months Due To A Broken Wrist

Ray-Ray McCloud

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The San Francisco 49ers have been dealt a setback as receiver and return specialist Ray-Ray McCloud will be sidelined for approximately two months due to a broken left wrist.

Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed the news on Thursday, revealing that McCloud sustained the injury during Tuesday’s practice session while attempting to catch a deep pass from quarterback Sam Darnold.

McCloud is scheduled to undergo wrist surgery on Friday to address the injury.

The anticipated recovery time is around eight weeks, though Shanahan expressed hope that McCloud might return sooner. The wide receiver’s rehabilitation progress will determine the exact timeline for his return to the field.

McCloud, who joined the 49ers in 2022, quickly established himself as a key contributor in special teams, specifically as the team’s primary punt and kick returner.

Last season, he showcased his skills with kick return average of 23 yards and average punt return of 10.8 yards.

His absence will undoubtedly be felt on both special teams and in offensive plays that rely on his versatility.

The 49ers are now faced with the challenge of finding suitable replacements for McCloud’s roles during his absence.

The team’s depth and adaptability will be put to the test as they strive to maintain their competitive edge in the upcoming games.