Pettis' first-ever kickoff return results in fumble, injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
If Dante Pettis' time with the 49ers soon comes to an end, he went out the way most of his tenure with the 49ers has been: A disaster.
Midway through the third quarter of the 49ers' game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Pettis fielded his first-career kickoff and fumbled when he was tackled. The Seahawks recovered and would score a touchdown six plays later to take a 27-7 lead.
To add salt to the wound, Pettis injured his shoulder on the play and was deemed questionable to return to the game.
Pettis, who hasn't lived up to the hype of being a second-round draft pick, has been the subject of trade speculation for the last few weeks. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan even admitted to the media that the team has made and received calls on the former Washington Huskie.
The botched kickoff return had 49ers Twitter calling for the immediate end to Pettis' 49ers career, whether he's cut or traded before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday.
It is difficult to imagine he will get another touch as a member of the #49ers.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) November 1, 2020
That was Dante Pettis’ first kickoff return ever counting college or NFL. Possibly his last as well. #49ers
— Jeff Deeney (@PFF_Jeff) November 1, 2020
That might be Dante Pettis’s last play as a 49er
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) November 1, 2020
That should probably be Dante Pettis' last play in a 49ers uniform.
— Kyle Maskson (@KyleAMadson) November 1, 2020
That may have been the last time we see Dante Pettis.
— Fred Warner for DPOY (@TheSFNiners) November 1, 2020
Just get Dante Pettis off my football team. Leave him in Seattle. What a loser.
— Sean Jordan (@BaySean) November 1, 2020
Dante Pettis just coughed the ball?
He's definitely getting traded after this game...
— Akash Anavarathan (@akashanav) November 1, 2020
The Dante Pettis story is a tragedy.
— Drea Blackwell (@KSBWDrea) November 1, 2020
I can’t believe they just let Dante Pettis return that kick.
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) November 1, 2020
Cut Dante Pettis tomorrow
— Danny Freisinger 😷 (@DannyFreisinger) November 1, 2020
In 28 games over three seasons, Pettis has just 38 receptions for 576 yards and seven touchdowns.
It's clear 49ers management is ready to move on from Pettis. If they can't find a trade partner for him over the next two days, they might just have to cut their losses and move on from the 25-year-old.
If this is the end for Pettis, it was a fitting way to go out.