The San Francisco 49ers have activated rookie defensive tackle Cornellius “Tank” Carradine from their reserve/non-football injury (NFI) list according to their website.
Carradine has been on the NFI list since the start of the season due to a torn ACL he suffered almost a year ago in college at Florida State. There he played in 25 games (11 starts) and racked up 118 tackles, 16.5 sacks, and 21 tackles for loss. Previous to his two-year stint as a Seminole, Carradine played for Butler Community College, where he started his college football career.
That ACL injury he suffered in his final year at Florida State did not seem to scare the 49ers off too much, however, as they selected him near the top of the second round (40th overall). He began practicing with the team two weeks ago and now could make his NFL debut against the Carolina Panthers in two weeks after San Francisco’s bye this Sunday.
He will figure into San Francisco’s 3-4 defense as a pass rusher on the outside, something which has been lacking since Aldon Smith’s departure from the team. He will still have to battle for playing time with Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier, who currently split the role 50-50 depending on the situation.
In order to make room for Carradine, the 49ers released linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, who they signed on Oct. 1.