The San Francisco 49ers have announced that fullback Will Tukuafu will not return for the rest of their playoff game with the Carolina Panthers. The 49ers fullback suffered a knee injury in the first quarter when he was the target of a pass from Colin Kaepernick.
On 2nd and 8, Kap dumped it off to Tukuafu, who picked up two yards. Captain Munnerlyn made the tackle on Tukuafu and as he dragged him down, he rolled up on Tukuafu's left leg. At first it looked like an ankle injury, but the 49ers announced it as a knee injury.
Tukuafu's departure means Anthony Dixon takes over the rest of the way for him. Since Bruce Miller went down in Week 15, Tukuafu has started three games, and Dixon has started one. Dixon is a bit more of an option in the passing game, while Tukuafu can be a big, bull-dozing blocker in the run game. We'll see if it impacts how the 49ers run the ball.