The 49ers will reportedly release wide receiver Bruce Ellington, 2014 fourth-round pick who was buried on the depth chart this summer after battling injuries throughout his career.

Ellington, whose pending exit was first report by CSN Bay Area, became a longshot to make the 53-man roster after the 49ers’ offseason moves at slot receiver. They signed Jeremy Kerley to a contract extension before free agency and selected Trent Taylor, head coach Kyle Shanahan’s favorite player in the draft, in the fifth round.

Ellington, who has 19 career receptions, missed the 2016 season with a torn hamstring and was sidelined for much of the offseason program with a muscle strain. On Wednesday, he was wearing a sleeve on his left leg and during practice and spent several minutes being stretched out by a trainer mid-session.

Ellington has missed 22 of 48 games in his career.

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