Having recently seen two of their starting offensive linemen go down with sprained MCL injuries in Mike Iupati and Joe Staley, the San Francisco 49ers made a roster move earlier in the day which adds to the depth of the offensive line. The move the 49ers made was placing defensive tackle Tank Carradine on injured reserve while signing offensive guard Ryan Seymour to fill the spot vacated by Carradine on the active roster. Making this move this late in the season by the 49ers addresses an immediate need while also not weakening the squad for the remainder of the season.
The move to place Carradine on injured reserve for the rest of the season was logical and the right one. To begin with, Carradine began the season on the reserve/non-football injury (NFI) list as he recovered from a torn ACL injury he sustained while still in college back in 2012. Carradine was activated the week of the game against the Carolina Panthers but has not been activated for any of the games since he was taken off the NFI list. By placing Carradine on injured reserved, the 49ers will be giving him the chance to fully recover from his injury along the same lines as another 2013 49ers draftee in Marcus Lattimore.
To use a college football term, this season was likely to be a redshirt season for Carradine. Putting him on injured reserve for the rest of the season signifies that at this moment the depth and play of players on the defensive line is good enough that they can afford to shutdown Carradine for the rest of the season. By signing Seymour, who was on the practice squad of the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers are addressing an immediate need which is needing to have depth along the offensive line.
With the Iupati still possibly being sidelined and Staley not at 100 percent or as close to it as possible, it was clear that the 49ers needed to have another healthy offensive lineman on the active roster. While I or any other 49ers fan haven’t a clue about Seymour and his abilities, since he was given a three-year deal by the 49ers that must mean he has some ability. In the end they needed to address an immediate need while not hurting their depth, and the roster move carried out today certainly has accomplished this.