San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether or not fullback Bruce Miller is done for the season after sustaining a shoulder injury in Sunday’s 33-14 win at Tampa Bay, but he did say that it “doesn’t look good.” (h/t ProFootballTalk.com)
The 49ers had just gotten wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham back into their passing game in the last few weeks and the loss of Miller would be a blow to the offense, both running and passing.
Harbaugh told the Associated Press the injury appeared to be to Miller’s shoulder blade. He took a hard shot from Tampa Bay safety Keith Tandy after making a 10-yard reception in the fourth quarter on Sunday.
Miller has a career-high 25 receptions this season for 243 yards and, typical of a modern fullback, doesn’t have much of a role in the running game beyond that of blocking for Frank Gore and the other running backs. He has seven carries for 13 yards this season.
The third-year pro out of Central Florida was selected in the seventh round by the 49ers in 2011 and made the conversion from college defensive end to pro fullback. After starting eight games as a rookie, has been entrenched as the starting fullback the last two seasons.
In his career, he has 48 catches for 410 yards and a touchdown and 16 carries for 39 yards.
The 49ers will reportedly bring Owen Marecic in for a physical and workout. Marecic played fullback for Harbaugh at Stanford and was briefly on the roster earlier this season in San Francisco.
Marecic has five career receptions for 31 yards and four carries for eight yards. He was a fourth-round pick in 2011 by the Cleveland Browns and spent two seasons with the Brown before he was cut in August. The 49ers brought in Marecic on Sept. 17 and released him Oct. 1.