Jim Harbaugh spoke on Wednesday afternoon saying that Tank Carradine went to the injured reserve for the 'best interest' of the team. He said the defensive lineman will get his opportunity for the 2014 season.
"Doctors and medical staff felt that [placing him on the injured reserve] was something that would be in Tank's best interest," Harbaugh said. "Not everybody comes back from an ACL injury fully recovered. He had good practice time and the best thing to do is take this approach."
Harbaugh said he didn't re-aggravate his torn ACL nor were there any other setbacks when it comes to health. The 49ers 2013 second-round pick was inactive for five consecutive games after being on the 53-man roster. He was on the non-football injury list throughout training camp and didn't participate in OTAs nor minicamp as he was recovering from his torn ACL in college.
Carradine was drafted out of Florida State after the 49ers traded down for him. San Francisco used the second-round pick they acquired from the Chiefs for Alex Smith and picked up a third-round pick in 2014 as well as a seventh round pick when trading down. The 49ers used that seventh round draft pick to help trade up for Corey Lemonier in the third round.
For Carradine, it will be a year of learning and staying healthy for next year. He has the makings to be a top defensive lineman in the NFL and Harbaugh will expect him to be one hundred percent in 2014.
Meanwhile, Harbaugh trusted the team scouts and office when signing G Ryan Seymour from the Seahawks practice squad. He could provide depth on the offensive line with Joe Staley and Mike Iupati working through their injuries.