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49ers to work out two veteran linebackers [report]

© Chuck Cook | 2017 Sep 17

With Reuben Foster serving a two-game suspension to start the season and Malcolm Smith still recovering from a hamstring injury, the 49ers entered Sunday’s season-opener in Minnesota with a depleted linebacking corps. They left Minneapolis in even worse shape, after linebacker Brock Coyle was knocked out with a concussion.

In an attempt to bring in some reinforcements, the 49ers are going to work out veteran linebackers Erik Walden and Hau’oli Kikaha, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Walden, 33, was a sixth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2008, and has spent time with sixth other teams since then, most recently signing with the Seattle Seahawks in August. Walden started 60 games for the Colts from 2013-2016, and appeared in 16 games with the Titans last year, where he amassed 36 tackles and four sacks.

Kikaha, 26, was a second-round pick out of the University of Washington by the Saints in 2015, starting 11 games his rookie year before sustaining a torn ACL in 2016. Kikaha had four sacks in his return last year, which was limited to just 11 games. The Saints waived Kikaha on September 1.


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