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Fleming tears ACL in 49ers minicamp

May 16, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT


Darius Fleming inked a four-year contract worth $2.2 million with the San Francisco 49ers, after being chosen in the 5th round of the NFL Draft. The next day, at his first official workout with the team, Fleming tore his ACL, a knee injury that’ll likely keep him on the sidelines for the season.

Fleming’s agent, Andy Simms, confirmed the injury with the Sacramento Bee and other media outlets. The injury was originally thought to be to his hamstring, and minor enough that Fleming would return to practice.

“He tried to shake it off and practice, but there was a stability issue,” Simms told the Bee. “There’s some hope that if he works hard, it could be November. That’s obviously optimistic, so we’ll see. But they’re keeping all possibilities open right now.”

Fleming just wrapped up a four-year career with the Irish where he played both defensive end and outside linebacker. After impressive performances at the NFL Scouting Combine and his Pro Day, Fleming was selected by Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers squad with the 165th pick.
  1. dickasman - May 16, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Man that suxxx…..Looks like Tanya Harding’s on the loose again.

  2. herringbonesports - May 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Tough break for a guy who many think had a chance (like Justin Tuck, Sergio Brown, David Givens) to be better pro player than he was in college. San Fran seemed like a great fit for a guy like him – no pressure to start, but plenty of possibilities for playing time in a role that maximized some of his skills.

    If there’s a silver lining it’s that he’s going to see some money and he could feasibly be back to 95-100% by next August and 14 months of rehab.

  3. bernhtp - May 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    How much of the contract is typically guaranteed with an injury in minicamp? I assume the first year (along with any signing bonus)? Anything else?

  4. jerseyshorendfan1 - May 16, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    The road to the NFL, she’s a hard one.

  5. gtizzo - May 17, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Heal up Darius. Wow that is some bad luck.

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