The San Francisco 49ers officially designated DT Ronald Blair as one of their two players to return from injured reserve on Thursday.
This officially opens a three-week window of time for the 49ers to add him to their active roster or he’ll spend the duration of the 2017 season on injured reserve.
Blair, 24, is a former fifth-round pick of the 49ers back in 2016. He’s currently in the second year of his four-year, $2.61 million contract and set to make base salaries of $540,000 and $630,000 over the next two years of the deal.
The 49ers placed Blair on injured reserve with a thumb injury coming out of the preseason.
In 2016, Blair appeared in 15 games for the 49ers and recorded 16 tackles and three sacks.