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Tavon Austin Placed on IR Due to Knee Injury

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Just weeks after being signed to his new team, 49ers wide receiver and WVU alum Tavon Austin has been placed in injured reserve.

San Francisco announced later Thursday afternoon that Austin’s injury was to his knee.

The 49ers officially signed Austin on August 15, and he was fighting for a roster spot as the team quickly approaches Week 1 of the regular season.

Austin was drafted out of West Virginia by the Los Angeles Rams with the No. 8 overall pick in 2013. In April 2018, Austin was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick.

In Week 2 of the 2018 season, against the New York Giants, Austin recorded a 64-yard touchdown reception, first since the 2017 season.

Austin caught 215 passes for 2,006 yards with 15 touchdowns through his seven NFL seasons.

Out of WVU Austin was known for his speed. In his collegiate career, he played in a total of 52 games for the Mountaineers (2009-12), rushing for a total of 1,033 yards with 288 receptions and a total of 29 touchdowns.

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