Jim Harbaugh will reunite with a familiar face in Owen Marecic. Marecic, a former star at Stanford under Harbaugh, signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, the team announced.
Marecic was rumored to be in talks to sign with the 49ers following their 53-man roster cuts, but now, with the season-ending injury to nosetackle Ian Williams, Marecic will be brought in to fill in the vacated roster spot.
Williams sustained the injury in the first quarter, when Seahawks’ guard J.R. Sweezy’s helmet hit Williams on his left knee on a cut block. Williams was able to walk off the field with assistance from the 49ers’ medical staff, but obviously the injury seems more serious than it looked.
His injury means that Glenn Dorsey, who was signed in the offseason in free agency, will take over the starting job, but it leaves a empty spot on the roster for Marecic.
Marecic, a fullback, was drafted in the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns in 2011. In 24 games played, Marecic has rushed four times for eight yards and caught five passes for 31 yards. He was cut by the Browns earlier this offseason.
His resume in college is more impressive. He was selected to the All-Pac-10 first-team as a fullback and the second-team as a linebacker in his senior year, when he recorded 51 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble.