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49ers place Parys Haralson on injured reserve

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When word broke that the 49ers were going to sign linebacker Clark Haggans, it seemed like a move designed to keep the team from playing with just three outside linebackers for the second straight season.

As it turns out, signing Haggans merely allowed them to maintain that number of outside backers. The team announced Monday that they have placed Parys Haralson on injured reserve. Haralson had been out of practice of late with an undisclosed injury, which seemed to occur in the team’s third preseason game against the Broncos. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group pinpointed the play he believes ended Haralson’s season, which occurred in the second quarter of that game and ended with Haralson tending to his left arm.

Haralson is not eligible to come back in eight weeks because the team put him on injured reserve today instead of Tuesday afternoon, which means that the Niners will be without a player who started 58 of their last 59 games. He wasn’t slated to start this season with Aldon Smith taking on more responsibilities in his second season, but Haralson still projected to a big role on the defense.

Haggans will now be the one filling that role, something he should be prepared to do after spending much of his career as a starter for the Cardinals and Steelers. The only potential hangup to that solution is that Haggans could face league discipline as a result of a DUI arrest, his second since entering the NFL. There will be a hearing on a potential suspension this week, the results of which could cause the 49ers to resume the hunt for help at the position.

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6 Responses to “49ers place Parys Haralson on injured reserve”
  1. 49erstim says: Sep 3, 2012 4:14 PM

    Ouch. Haralson was gonna add real depth after giving up the starting role to Aldon.

  2. brooklynniner19 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:21 PM

    I don’t get why JM & CO didnt wait one more day to put him on IR so he could be available to come back for the playoffs. =/ Now 9ers have to rely on an Haggans almost 40 year old vet and Dobbs. A player that plays TE,FB, and DE. smh

  3. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 3, 2012 7:51 PM

    Week one is going to be gruesome.

    Packers 45
    Niners 10

  4. discosucs2005 says: Sep 3, 2012 8:36 PM

    Obviously better him than Aldon or Brooks, but depth always matters.

  5. hipstercagematch says: Sep 3, 2012 9:05 PM

    They didn’t wait probably because the injury was serious enough where they knew he wouldn’t be back.

  6. dhragonn says: Sep 4, 2012 10:10 AM

    Tavares gooden and maybe Larry grant can Learn some outside, with haggans we ll be fine. We ll prob get somebody else or maybe Demarcus Dobbs plays olb too!

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