49ers promote TE Derek Carrier from practice squad

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The 49ers have reportedly promoted tight end Derek Carrier from the practice squad. We break down the implications.

The San Francisco 49ers have promoted tight end Derek Carrier from the practice squad to the active roster. The team announced it via Twitter. Carrier takes up the 49ers 53rd roster spot, and is expected to fill in for third string tight end Garrett Celek.

The 49ers are short Celek due to a hamstring strain suffered in last week's loss to the Panthers. He is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. They also lost tight end Vernon Davis to a concussion, but he and safety Eric Reid remain on track to play Sunday vs. the Saints. Davis and Reid are both listed as questionable, but as long as they remain asymptomatic heading into Sunday, they should play.

Celek's hamstring appears to be another story. It is not believed to be a tear, but we have not heard anything else on the extent of it. The 49ers use their third tight end relatively frequently, at least compared to the rest of the league, so Carrier should get some opportunities on Sunday.

I wrote something brief on Carrier back when the 49ers signed him to the practice squad. Carrier is 6'4 and has said he weighs about 250 right now. He came out of college as a wide receiver, but switched over to tight end once he finished up at Beloit College. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel had a more thorough breakdown of his background.

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