The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they have placed safety Eric Reid on the Injured Reserve List and promoted safety Vinnie Sunseri to the active roster from the team’s practice squad. San Francisco has also signed safety Marcus Ball to the practice squad.
Sunseri (6-0, 210) was signed to the 49ers practice squad on Nov. 1, 2016 following his release from the New England Patriots practice squad on Oct. 24. He was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 5th round (167th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama. In 2014 with the Saints, he saw action in nine games and registered five tackles on defense and six tackles on special teams. After missing the 2015 season, he was released by New Orleans on April 25, 2016 and then signed with the New England Patriots on July 24, 2016. Following his release from the Patriots on Sept. 3, he was added to the team’s practice squad on Sept. 6.
Sunseri will wear number 40.
Reid (6-1, 213) started in each of the team’s first 10 games this season where he registered 81 tackles, one interception, four passes defensed and one forced fumble.
Ball (6-1, 215) originally signed with the New Orleans Saints on April 2, 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Memphis. He appeared in 12 games (two starts) during his rookie season where he registered 12 tackles on defense and nine special teams tackles. Following his release from New Orleans on May 4, 2015, he signed with the Carolina Panthers on May 21, 2015 where he spent the entire regular season and postseason on the practice squad. This season with Carolina, he appeared in one game and spent time on the team’s practice squad before his release from the team on Oct. 11, 2016. The following day he was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad and was released from Jacksonville on Oct. 24.
Ball played his final two seasons at Memphis (2009-10) after transferring from Pearl River (Poplarville, MS) Junior College (2008). Prior to his time at Pearl River, he spent two years at Florida State University (2006-07). He appeared in 19 games (12 starts) for the Tigers, finishing with 108 tackles, four interceptions and eight passes defensed. In 13 games for the Seminoles, he racked up 37 tackles, one sack, one interception, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery.