The 49ers’ secondary will look much different to the casual NFL fan in 2015. Gone are veteran mainstays such as Tarell Brown, Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers. The 49ers signed Antoine Bethea and Chris Cook to fill two of the vacancies, and will undoubtedly address their remaining secondary needs in today’s highly anticipated NFL Draft.
49ers’ backup safety C.J. Spillman is not expected to surpass the newly acquired Bethea on the depth chart, but this was to be the season that he would make his case as a starter. The six-year veteran (turned 28 yesterday) has waited for such an opportunity throughout his entire career, quietly producing as a special teams standout and occasional fill-in at safety.
His bid to become a starter took a hit earlier today, as Bill Williamson of ESPN reported that Spillman underwent his second surgery of the off-season, with the details of the procedure largely unknown. It is unclear if the two surgeries are related, with the date of the injury unknown as well.
Spillman jumped on social media to reveal the injury news to his followers, posting this pain-killer induced photo to his Instagram account:
Spillman on Instagram: “Fresh out of surgery ready to get my recovery together now.”
Spillman is expected to miss the majority of the 49ers’ organized team activities in June, but will reportedly be ready for the start of training camp in mid-July. We wish Spillman a speedy recovery and look forward to him again dominating as one of the key members of the 49ers’ special teams unit.
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