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49ers release former first-round pick Joshua Garnett

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SANTA CLARA – August 31 finally marked the end of Joshua Garnett’s woeful tenure with the San Francisco 49ers. The 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Garnett was constantly injured and less productive than expected in his three years with the team.

He played in just 22 games, only seven of which he started. He didn’t play a single game in 2017, spending it on IR after an offseason knee scope, and since that time has played seven games. The injuries which have sidelined him have been of the knee, toe, thumb and finger variety.

He was carted off the field last year with a dislocated toe and missed all but the final preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers this year with a dislocated finger that required surgery (a three-week recovery) before coming out of that game late with cramps.

The team did not pick up Garnett’s fifth-year option earlier this offseason, and it was widely expected that he would be cut. To follow all of the 49ers’ roster cuts as the happen until the 4 p.m. deadline, click here.


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