The San Francisco 49ers linebacker Shayne Skov was unable to return to Sunday’s game at the Miami Dolphins due to a knee injury. He will now not dress the rest of the season because of the same ailment.
San Francisco has placed the second-year linebacker on injured reserve, ending his season. To replace him, the 49ers have signed safety Marcus Ball from the practice squad.
Skov was hurt while covering a punt late in the first half versus the Dolphins. He appeared in nine games this season, mostly playing special teams. Against Miami, Skov also briefly played linebacker when fellow defender Nick Bellore left with an injury.
After playing college football at the local Stanford, Skov signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent in the summer of 2014. He didn’t make the team’s final cut, though, and was waived on Aug. 30, 2014. Skov joined the Tampa Bay practice squad in September but never played a game for the Buccaneers.
The following offseason, he returned to Northern California and signed a reserve/future contract with the 49ers. He was again cut in September of 2015, but San Francisco signed him to its practice squad, and he ended up playing 15 games that season.
Ball also went undrafted and has played just one game over the last two years. He began his career in New Orleans in 2014 and played 15 games that year, but the following season with Carolina, he spent the entire season on the practice squad. He played one game during September this year with the Panthers.
Interestingly, Ball is most famous for his supposed threat against Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. while holding a baseball bat on the field prior to a game last December.