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49ers Place Bruce Miller on IR, Sign Tukuafu

Posted Dec 18, 2013

The 49ers have placed fullback Bruce Miller on IR and signed Will Tukuafu.

The San Francisco 49ers have placed fullback Bruce Miller on the Injured Reserve List. The team also announced they have signed fullback Will Tukuafu to a two-year deal.

Miller (6-2, 248) played in 14 games (13 starts) this season, registering single-season career-highs with 25 receptions for 243 yards. He also tallied seven carries for 13 yards.

Since being drafted by the 49ers in the seventh round (211th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, Miller has played in 45 games (34 starts), totaling 16 carries for 39 yards, and 48 receptions for 410 yards and 1 touchdown.

Tukuafu (6-4, 293) was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Seattle Seahawks on June 8, 2010, but was released soon after that on June 22. He was later signed by the 49ers on August 12, 2010. Tukuafu spent the majority of the 2010 season on San Francisco’s practice squad before being promoted to the active roster on December 18, 2010. Over the next two seasons, Tukuafu played in 18 games and recorded 15 tackles and one fumble recovery. He also appeared on special teams and offense.

Tukuafu began the 2013 regular season on the 53-man roster, but was inactive versus the Green Bay Packers on opening day. He was waived/injured on September 10 and later reached an injury settlement on September 17, rather than remaining on the Injured Reserve List for the balance of the season.

A 29–year-old native of Salt Lake City, UT, Tukuafu played collegiately at Oregon, where as a senior, was an All-Pac 10 Conference Second-Team selection. During his Ducks career he played in 39 games (37 starts), and tallied 131 tackles, 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 32.5 tackles for loss and four passes defensed. Prior to Oregon, Tukuafu starred at Scottsdale Community College, posting 56 tackles, two fumble recoveries and 24 tackles for loss in 2005.