The day before the 2014 NFL Draft, as 49ers officials were combing through draft prospects and deciding on their teams' needs, five-year veteran Spillman was under the knife for the second time since January. Spillman wrote about his surgery on Instagram and Twitter late Wednesday afternoon:
Fresh outta surgery ready to get my recovery together now! http://t.co/swj7tUZcY6
— CJ SPILLMAN (@CJSPILLMAN27) May 7, 2014
Spillman is primarily used on special teams, but is often used in San Francisco's secondary as a reserve for the safety position. An undrafted rookie out of Marshall University, he joined the San Diego Chargers in 2009 and played a total of 10 games until the middle of 2010. Spillman then joined the 49ers after five games in San Diego and finished the season in San Francisco.
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Spillman has a career 86 tackles in 69 games played, and hasn't missed any time since he joined the 49ers in 2010. In 48 games with San Francisco, the 28 year-old safety has posted 54 tackles.
There is no word on when the injury occurred or if the two hand surgeries this offseason are even related. ESPN's Bill Williamson reported that Spillman may miss the 49ers' OTAs in June, but is expected to be ready for training camp in July.
It is assumed that Spillman will stay on the special teams unit in San Francisco, as the 49ers have safeties Antoine Bethea and Eric Reid on their depth chart already. Last night, in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the 49ers chose Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward, solidifying their secondary need and almost ensuring that Spillman will remain as a core member of their special teams corps.
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