The San Francisco 49ers waived second-year linebacker Scott McKillop on Wednesday.|||||||
McKillop tore ligaments in his left knee during practice Aug. 4 and had season-ending surgery two days later. If he clears waivers, he will be placed on San Francisco's injured reserve list. McKillop was running as the top backup to starting inside linebackers Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes before his injury. The team's fifth-round draft choice in 2009, McKillop led the 49ers with 31 special teams tackles last season and scored a touchdown on a muffed punt returns.
McKillop has undergone surgery on his left knee to repair a torn patellar tendon and torn anterior cruciate ligament. McKillop, a backup inside linebacker who was hurt in Wednesday afternoon's practice, underwent surgery Friday morning at nearby Stanford Medical Center.|||||||
The 49ers provided no timetable for his return, if he comes back this season at all. He most likely will be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list considering the severity and healing time for the injury. Recovery for both injuries is typically six to nine months. McKillop, a fifth-round draft pick last year out of Pittsburgh, played all 16 games as a rookie in 2009, primarily on special teams.