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San Francisco 49ers Add Rookie DT Tank Carradine to 53-Man Roster

To give the defensive line some much needed depth, the San Francisco 49ers added rookie Tank Carradine to the active roster. The team released linebacker Jermaine Cunningham who signed with the team on October 1. The defensive tackle was activated from San Francisco’s Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

San Francisco recently activated defensive tackle Quinton Dial from the team’s Reserve/NFI List as well. Expect a lot more moves in the coming weeks from the 49ers as they will be adding players to the 53-man roster as they become healthy. Two of those players could be wide receivers Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree. The Niners will be presented with the problem, although a good one, of trying to find room on the roster to activate Manningham, Crabtree and possibly Aldon Smith down the road, if he is allowed to play again this season.

Carradine was added to the Reserve/NFI List on August 27. He suffered a torn ACL last November, while in college, which ended his season. The 49ers drafted Tank with the No. 40 overall pick in this year’s draft despite his injury and him not being available until the second-half of the season. The defensive tackle returned to practice on October 15 and he will be eligible to play against the Carolina Panthers after the bye week.

While at Florida State, Carradine played in 25 games, making 11 starts. He finished his college career with 118 tackles, 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss. The Niners defensive line will welcome Tank’s great pass rushing skills and his athletic ability. It will be interesting to see how he plays in his first career appearance in the NFL after having not played in a live game in almost a year.

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