The 49ers strong safety is questionable to return.

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Fooch’s update: Eric Reid returned to the game on the 49ers first defensive snap of the third quarter.

The San Francisco 49ers took a tough blow on Sunday. Strong safety Eric Reid suffered a knee injury and had to leave the game in the second quarter. Reid is listed as questionable to return. In his absence, Jaquiski Tartt moved over to strong safety, and Jimmie Ward came on at free safety.

Ward is active for the first time this season, and was coming off the bench in the first half as a sub-package option. Tartt has made two consecutive starts at free safety, but will eventually be replaced in the starting lineup once Ward is ready to go back to being a full-time starter.

Reid’s loss is a tough one for the 49ers, as he had taken quite well to the strong safety role in this new-look defense. He was able to walk off under his own power, so we’ll see if he is able to return to this game.

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