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Injuries may force 49ers to bring in tight ends


Just when the 49ers begin to get some wide receivers back, their tight ends started disappearing.

The 49ers were forced to play without Vernon Davis (concussion) and backup Garrett Celek (hamstring) during much of yesterday’s loss to the Panthers, and they might have to go outside to find some help.

“We’re looking at some options right now and there are some decisions to be made,” coach Jim Harbaugh said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “We’ll wait until we get some medical results back.”

Practice squad tight end Derek Carrier is a possibility, but they might have to look outside depending on the severity of the injuries.

Davis, along with safety Eric Reid, will be in the league’s concussion protocol and will have to be cleared by an independent neurologist.

Without the two of them, they had to use spare offensive lineman Adam Snyder as the second tight end alongside Vance McDonald  in two-tight end sets, which they use often.


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21 Responses to “Injuries may force 49ers to bring in tight ends”
  1. slbasegame257 says: Nov 11, 2013 4:14 PM

    Vance McDonald stinks. There were two TEs drafted out of Rice University, him and Luke Willson. Luke Willson is a much better player and he was drafted in the 5th round! Sorry Harbaugh but Vance is no Mike Ditka. GO HAWKS

  2. belleby123 says: Nov 11, 2013 4:28 PM

    What, their 9 points vs. the Panthers didn’t get it done?

  3. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 11, 2013 4:32 PM

    The bloom is off the rose.

  4. swaggyy says: Nov 11, 2013 4:40 PM

    Hilarious how Willson is better! Baalke is so overrated. Hey, I hear Aaron Hernandez is available.


  5. 7ftgriff says: Nov 11, 2013 4:49 PM

    the 49ers need Vernon Davis on the field at all times. It’s as simple as that, they scored on 3 of their first 4 drives (granted they weren’t touchdowns) and then after VD got hurt couldn’t move the football, Vernon is their offensive MVP no doubt about it, all their losses have this in common Vernon not on the field. Vance McDonald dropped a deep ball that Vernon would have taken to the house all day long.

  6. redskinfansince82 says: Nov 11, 2013 4:50 PM

    There is a talented TE in Washington named Fred Davis who is 100% healthy and never used. If you moved before the trade deadline you could have gotten him for a bus ticket and a ham sandwich.

  7. chrisernst82 says: Nov 11, 2013 4:51 PM

    Did you watch the seahawks play yesterday, while the 49ers weren’t good neither were the Hawks. That’s 2 weeks in a row they have made games out of what should have been blowouts if you consider the hawks the best in the league. Wilson is good but what does that have to do with Balke, it would have been real smart to draft another QB with Smith and Caps on the roster. And if you would have watched the 49ers game yesterday very little was Kaps fault. Blame goes to the Oline and WR/TE for not catching crap put right into there hands.

  8. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 11, 2013 4:53 PM

    Maybe you should move Krap to tight end.

    At least he’d be useful.

  9. rdillage says: Nov 11, 2013 5:09 PM

    Why do they need tightends? I thought Kaep was God, he should be able to just part the defence and walk into the endzone.

  10. robert831 says: Nov 11, 2013 5:12 PM

    @redskinfansince82 this is true, but you would have had to predict the future to know they needed a TE before the trade deadline…

  11. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 11, 2013 5:15 PM

    chrisernst82 says: Nov 11, 2013 4:51 PM

    Did you watch the seahawks play yesterday, while the 49ers weren’t good neither were the Hawks. That’s 2 weeks in a row they have made games out of what should have been blowouts if you consider the hawks the best in the league.

    A 33-10 win >>>>>>>>>a 9-10 loss.


  12. cursedvikings1998 says: Nov 11, 2013 5:21 PM

    The 49ers season is imploding due to karma. The 49er fans treat everyone like garbage and this is what happens.

    Deal with it!

  13. pgilbert2013 says: Nov 11, 2013 5:40 PM

    The hawks are swarming. God help you, if you don’t win the SuperBowl. For all your talk, you should back it up with phone numbers and your company emails.

    Tough guys when you hide under your current anonymity. I’m sure most of you would have to give us your gmail address because you are the 18-24 basement dwelling demographic.

    That being said, it was not our greatest moment yesterday, and luck comes and passes.

    Good luck, we’ll see you in SF.

  14. pgilbert2013 says: Nov 11, 2013 5:45 PM

    To my point HawkEnthusiasts how about that Redskins idiot who goes on your team blogs and makes boneheaded comments (come to think of it, kind of like you) with their horrific lose last week, that poor guy has gone radio silent.

    Don’t be that guy!

  15. billbrasky72 says: Nov 11, 2013 6:23 PM

    Tebow! Tebow! Tebow!

  16. billbrasky72 says: Nov 11, 2013 6:24 PM

    Seriously though, is Visanthe Shiancoe still out there? I think that dude could still play at a reasonably high level.

  17. calicokiller49 says: Nov 11, 2013 6:52 PM

    wow first 4 comments were the Seahawks trolls. don’t worry guys when your season ends without a championship, and it will , you can trust and believe we will be there, laughing like Jim Carrey as we ride away, on our little mopeds…….

  18. footballnut85 says: Nov 11, 2013 7:10 PM

    Hey Harball, bet you wished you kept Tolzien now that the NFL has figured out your boy Kap!!!

  19. larjones64 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:17 PM

    Bring in Shiancoe the 3 legged monster!

  20. adderal says: Nov 11, 2013 9:48 PM

    Keap not only is not a small part of the problem, he is the major problem at this point. But he lit teams up for 8 games last year going all the way to within a couple yards of a SB win. Yeah he’s been figured out somewhat but he didn’t forget how to play. He’s got to put it together and play better and they need to beat a quality team like next week would be good.

  21. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 11, 2013 10:31 PM

    Hey San Fran, last I checked you DIDN’T win the SB last year.

    Yet you keep crowing about how great you are.

    Let me give you a hint.

    Last year Krap as a surprise to teams and they didn’t know how to handle him.

    This offseason defenses progressed while Krap worried about whether his gear was color coordinated, assuming he was wearing any. And your HC was yelling “I formation, I formation”.

    Hint, Joe retired a loooonnnngggg time ago.

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