The 49ers officially placed fullback Zak Keasey on injured reserve on Tuesday. Keasey suffered a torn biceps in the 49ers loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
"It is unfortunate because after being on the practice squad for two years, Zak developed into the starting fullback, so it is disappointing that the injury occurred right when he was making an impact on offense as well, as being one of our top special teams players," said head coach Mike Nolan. "His rehabilitation will start soon and he will get back to work with us in the spring when our offseason program begins."
Monday, October 13
Fullback Zak Keasey will eventually go on injured reserve after tearing his biceps in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
Keasey is the third player the 49ers have lost for the year since the season began. Quarterback Alex Smith was placed on injured reserve after injuring his shoulder in week one of the season.
Cornerback Shawntae Spencer, who started as the team's nickel corner is also out for the year after having season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL that occurred in week two against Seattle.
Keasey saw action in less than a third of the 49ers total offensive plays so far this year, and had 3 catches for 25 yards.
Given a very deep pool of defensive backs, the 49ers have yet to officially place Spencer on injured reserve, but the team will likely need to make a roster move soon since Keasey was also very active on special teams.
Fullback Moran Norris is still out on the street after being waived at the 53, but the 49ers will likely try to sign a player who can have more of an impact on special teams.
The 49ers do have a few players who can fill Keasey's role in the passing game in Michael Robinson and Delanie Walker. They could also use both players as more of a fullback to help block in the run game, as well as tight end Billy Bajema.