INDIANAPOLIS --Jim Harbaugh today said that defensive end Tank Carradine, who did not play a snap his rookie season, had a procedure to remove a "mass of scar tissue" from his surgically repaired knee.
"He wasn't able to straighten out his leg before that," Harbaugh said. "Then they took that out and his leg went straight. He looks like a different guy now, since that procedure. Just what we saw when he did practice with our football team and now this procedure that's been done, I'm even more excited. I think he's going to have a great offseason and look forward to his progress very, very much."
Harbaugh said later that he expected Carradine would be able to take part in the team's offseason program that begins April 21. Carradine suffered an ACL tear at the end of the 2012 season when he was at Florida State. The 49ers used a high second-round pick on him in April with the hope that he would be able to contribute late in his rookie season.
During November practices, however, coaches did not think he was getting maximum power from his knee and decided to shut him down for the rest of the year. He is expected to part of a rotation at defensive line in the upcoming season and the hope remains is that he eventually can take over a starting role from Justin Smith.
-- Matt Barrows