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Tank Carradine Underwent Another Knee Surgery

Posted Feb 20, 2014

The 49ers second-round draftee in 2013 will be counted on to produce in his first true season in '14.


If you were questioning why 49ers defensive tackle Tank Carradine never made his NFL debut in 2013, here’s your answer.

    

“Tank had a procedure done (right) after the season that took out a mass of scar tissue,” Jim Harbaugh revealed on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “He wasn't able to straighten out his leg before that. Then they took that out and his leg went straight."

San Francisco activated Carradine from the team’s Reserve/Non-Football Injury List on Oct. 29, allowing him to hit the practice field, only to place him on season-ending Injured Reserve six weeks later.

“He looks like a different guy now, since that procedure,” Harbaugh said. “Just with 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.

“Expectations will be very high.”

Team general manager Trent Baalke said the same on Friday, when he mentioned that Carradine was up to 290 pounds.

Hopes were high this time last year as well, when Carradine was beginning his recovery from a torn ACL. His pre-2013 Draft workouts convinced San Francisco he was worthy of a second-round investment.

Like running back Marcus Lattimore, who also “redshirted” his rookie season this year to fully rehabilitate a major knee injury suffered in college, Carradine has a whole host of “firsts” to record come 2014.

“There's going to be a lot of things that they're doing for the first time, so it's not truly like a second year. It's going to be more like a first year in a lot of ways," Harbaugh told 49ers.com later Thursday. "They have advantages, having been in San Francisco training. They know all the guys, they know where to go, they have the routine now. That will be an advantage. I just can't tell you how excited I am for both of those guys. It's going to be different, it's going to be better and I can't wait to watch them compete.”