49ers place Miller on IR, re-sign Tukuafu

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49ers place Miller on IR, re-sign Tukuafu
December 18, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Will Tukuafu was on the 49ers’ 53-man roster to open the 2013 season but was waived/injured on Sept. 10 with a knee injury. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers placed fullback Bruce Miller on season-ending injured reserve and signed defensive lineman/fullback Will Tukuafu for the 53-man roster.

Tukuafu played 90 snaps of offense last season as a short-yardage blocker. But in the offseason program and training camp, he concentrated solely on the defensive side.

Tukuafu (6 foot 4, 293 pounds) did not play any offense during the four-game exhibition season while seeing 115 snaps of defense.

He was on the 49ers’ 53-man roster to open the season but was waived/injured on Sept. 10 with a knee injury. His injury settlement, which made allowed him to return to the 49ers later in the season, consisted of one game check.

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Anthony Dixon is expected to replace Miller as the team’s fullback. It is uncertain whether Tukuafu will have a role on game days. Miller sustained a fractured scapula on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 49ers initially contacted former Stanford fullback Owen Marecic to replace Miller. A source said Marecic "just didn't have the desire to play anymore."

Marecic told CSNBayArea.com, "I consider any conversation I had with the 49ers to be between me and the 49ers."