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John Lynch to KNBR: Pierre Garçon to be placed on injured reserve with neck injury



The 49ers have struggled with injury issues for the last several weeks, and on Thursday afternoon, general manager John Lynch confirmed the team suffered another devastating blow.

During an appearance with Tolbert & Lund on KNBR, Lynch said that wide receiver Pierre Garçon suffered a neck injury in the 49ers’ loss against the Eagles over the weekend that will force him to finish the season on injured reserve.

“Unfortunately, every time we’re taking a step forward, we take a step back,” Lynch said. “We got some tough news, I’ll break some news here that’s not good news for us. Last night, we found out that Pierre Garçon is unfortunately going to be put on injured reserve.”

Lynch said that Garçon is the type of player who always wants to be on the field and he thought he would still be able to play, but after Garçon received further testing on his neck on Wednesday evening, San Francisco learned that he would be unavailable to perform for the remainder of the season.

“Our medical staff just thought something wasn’t right and they sent him for more testing, and last night, we found out he has a non-displcaed fracture of the right c5 pedicle.”

Lynch said that the typical recovery process for the wide receiver’s injury is eight weeks.

“For every step going forward, we seem to be taking another one as we’re going back…That was a crushing blow and we’re figuring out what we’re going to do on that.”

To listen to Lynch’s full interview with Tolbert & Lund, click the podcast link below. To hear Lynch describe Garcon’s injury, skip ahead to the 10:09 mark.