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November 11, 2013
Harbaugh: 49ers considering adding tight end after injury-filled game


With two tight ends ailing on an offense that relies heavily on its tight ends, the 49ers will consider making roster moves this week, Jim Harbaugh said. One of them could involve elevating practice-squad tight end Derek Carrier from the practice squad.

Carrier (6-4, 241) went undrafted out of Beloit College in Wisconsin in 2012. He spent time with the Raiders and Eagles last season and was picked up by the 49ers in September. Asked if the 49ers also would consider bringing in a free-agent tight end, Harbaugh said the team first would assess the injuries that sidelined Vernon Davis and Garrett Celek.

"We're looking at some options right now and there are some decisions to be made," Harbaugh said. "We'll wait until we get some medical results back."

Davis suffered a concussion in the second quarter and, along with safety Eric Reid, he must pass the league-mandated concussion protocol during the week before he can be cleared to play Sunday in New Orleans. Davis also had a concussion last year after a big hit by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. He did not miss any subsequent games after the injury.

Celek, meanwhile, suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter. He tried to return to the contest after halftime but could not. The 49ers used offensive tackle Adam Snyder in two-tight end situations in the second half.


* Harbaugh said he expected linebacker Nick Moody, recovered from a broken hand, would return to the 53-man roster this week. If that happens, the 49ers would have to create a roster spot for him. Special teamer Kassim Osgood was inactive on Sunday.

* Harbaugh said that Reid, who suffered his second concussion in two months "seemed to be doing good" after the game.

* Asked why the 49ers don't run more screens -- there was one Sunday against the Panthers -- Harbaugh said, "That's not a bad point. Point well taken."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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