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Morning Tailgate: 49ers to Face Parys Haralson

Posted Nov 14, 2013

The 49ers will have a reunion of sorts when they face New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Parys Haralson.

“P-Town.”

It was one of the best nicknames in the 49ers locker room. And when Parys “P-Town” Haralson was traded to New Orleans prior to the start of the 2013 regular season, teammates were sad to see the veteran outside linebacker go.

At the same time, however, they were happy for him.

Haralson had that kind of respect in the 49ers locker room. He earned it, too.

So with the 49ers set to face Haralson and the Saints this Sunday, it was only natural that the current members of San Francisco’s locker room talk about one of the leaders of years past.

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“We know ‘P-Town,’” Frank Gore said on Wednesday. “One thing I know about Parys is that he’s going to play hard. He’s going to give his team all he’s got. He stops the run very well and we know he’s going to be ready for this game.”

Haralson has 14 tackles and 2 sacks on the year.

By trading Haralson for a seventh-round draft pick in 2014, the 49ers cleared room for young linebackers on the roster. The move paid off. With the absence of Aldon Smith, veteran Dan Skuta and rookie Corey Lemonier were able to fill the void.

So while members of San Francisco’s roster were sad to see Haralson depart, they knew it was for the best.

“We understood it,” NaVorro Bowman said. “Knowing the business, Parys being an older guy and us having a few younger guys, that’s just part of the business.

“I’m excited for him. We all loved him here and are excited that he’s playing there.”

The friendship will be put on hold this Sunday when the 49ers travel to New Orleans to face Haralson’s new team.

More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate, presented by State Farm.

Sam Good of Cover32.com caught up with cornerback Tarell Brown.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle touched on Kyle Williams' landing spot.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News shared Colin Kaepernick's comments on Trent Dilfer.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee discussed Eric Reid evaluating his tackling techniques.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com offered a mid-week injury report.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com looked at Tony Jerod-Eddie's importance to the 49ers defense.

Jeff Fedotin of the National Football Post wondered if Glenn Dorsey has shed a perceived "bust" label.

Scott Kegley of 49ers.com caught up with Ahmad Brooks.



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