San Francisco 49ers place standout LB Fred Warner on NFL's COVID-19 reserve list

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The San Francisco 49ers placed starting linebacker Fred Warner on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list on Monday.

In accordance with NFL rules, the team did not specify whether Warner had tested positive for COVID-19 or come into close contact with an infected person.

“I think it’s just a good reminder that no one is out of the woods,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said at a news conference Monday.

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Ryan Pope had been the lone player on the COVID-19 reserve list in the last several days, but three more players — New Orleans Saints running back Dwayne Washington, Carolina Panthers defensive back Derrek Thomas and Atlanta Falcons defensive end Steven Means — were placed on the list on Sunday. Pope was activated from the list on Monday.

Warner, 23, is a two-year starter for the 49ers. He has led the team in tackles in each year since his arrival and emerged as a key piece for a defense that helped fuel last season’s run to Super Bowl LIV.

After recording 118 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception last year, he was named a Pro Bowl alternate.

Linebacker Dre Greenlaw also has been placed in the concussion protocol, Shanahan said Monday.

The 49ers kick off their season at home on Sept. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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