Monday, September 3, 2012

49ers Place OLB Parys Haralson on Season-ending Injured Reserve

In Jim Harbaugh’s words, the 49ers “dodged bullets” during the preseason: Injuries to linebacker Aldon Smith (hip), tight end Delanie Walker (knee) and running backs Brandon Jacobs (knee) and LaMichael James (ankle) were all less severe than initially feared.

The 49ers weren’t so fortunate, however, when it came to an apparent arm injury suffered by outside linebacker Parys Haralson on Aug. 26 at Denver. The team placed Haralson on the season-ending injured-reserve list today while announcing that his replacement, 12-year veteran Clark Haggans, has been signed to a one-year deal.

Due to the timing, Haralson is not eligible to return under the NFL’s new rule that allows one player per team to return from injured reserve during the season. The 49ers would have needed to place Haralson on IR after 1 p.m. Tuesday for him to receive that designation.

Meanwhile, the 49ers may not be done addressing their outside linebacker position, a spot that consists of Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks and Haggans. The 49ers carried just three outside linebackers last year and their lack of depth wasn’t an issue: Smith, Brooks and Haralson combined to play in 54 of 54 games, including the playoffs.

Haggans, however, faces a possible three-game suspension in connection to a 2011 DUI arrest. A hearing on the matter will be held Wednesday and Haggans’ agent, Jeff Sperbeck, hopes to avoid a suspension, or have it reduced.

If the 49ers need a temporary replacement for Haggans, seventh-round pick Cam Johnson is available on the practice squad. Johnson, however, may not be ready for NFL action: He missed most of training camp – and three preseason games – after undergoing knee surgery in early June.

On Friday, the 49ers released Eric Bakhtiari, 27, who was battling to serve as a No. 4 outside linebacker. Bakhtiari, who has been released nine times and played in three NFL games during his career, led the team in sacks (2.5) and ranked second in tackles (14) during the preseason.

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