The San Francisco 49ers received the results of defensive end Tank Carradine’s MRI and it came back “relatively clean,” according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. This is good news, but he’s still dealing with a high ankle sprain, and is looking at missing four-to-six weeks, according to the report.
That time frame would suggest that short-term injured reserve is not a foregone conclusion for him. But it does mean the 49ers are going to be without him, Reuben Foster (also dealing with a high ankle sprain) and Eric Reid in Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals.
It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances as Carradine has looked good this season. Since the 49ers drafted him, he’s always been an underwhelming player but finally found his proper position as a defensive end in Robert Saleh’s 4-3 defense.
His injury means we’ll likely see rookie first-round pick Solomon Thomas get extended playing time against the Cardinals and going forward. The same goes for Aaron Lynch, a player I’ve wanted to see more of through three games thus far.
Hopefully Carradine has a speedy recovery, though you never really know with high ankle sprains.