The San Francisco 49ers have made a roster move to shore up their running back depth. The team announced on Tuesday that they have signed running back DuJuan Harris, and waived running back Travaris Cadet.
The signing comes two days after Shaun Draughn suffered a knee injury against the Cincinnati Bengals. Matt Maiocco reported he was hearing it was not a serious injury, but the team would be looking for some insurance. Cadet was a solid enough fill-in after Draughn's injury, but he is best suited as a third-down back. Kendall Gaskins got some work as well, but it is safe to say neither is quite what the 49ers want to send out if Draughn can't play.
Harris was actually on track to start for the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday after Thomas Rawls suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Pete Carroll had said Harris would compete with Bryce Brown for carries, but the team abruptly waived him a week ago. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, but has quickly moved on to a roster sport with the 49ers.
The 49ers face off against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and their running back situation is an issue. If Draughn can play, I suspect Harris will complement him, with Gaskins serving as the emergency option. If Draughn can't play, Harris could end up starting this Sunday.