Sept. 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Will Tukuafu (92) attempts to receive the ball as quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks on and New York Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott (57) gives chase during the second half at MetLife Stadium. 49ers won 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers Bring Back Will Tukuafu, Place Bruce Miller On IR

The San Francisco 49ers placed fullback Bruce Miller on injured reserve on Wednesday and re-signed defensive lineman-fullback Will Tukuafu to take his place on the roster. (h/t

Miller sustained a fractured scapula in Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tukuafu played for the 49ers last season on both sides of the ball, getting extensive work as a short-yardage fullback. But in the preseason, he did all of his work on the defensive side.

He made the opening-week roster, but was waived on Sept. 10 with a knee injury. His injury settlement allowed him to rejoin the team this season.

Anthony Dixon is the likely starter at fullback with Miller out.

Tukuafu played in 13 games last season and made five tackles. He was an undrafted free agent out of Oregon who was originally signed by the Seattle Seahawks before coming to the 49ers.

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