Carradine is considered questionable to return to Thursday's matchup with the Cardinals due to a toe injury, Matt Maiocco of the CSN Bay Area Carradine had failed to record a statistic prior to exiting the contest. The severity of his injury is not known at this time. Eli Harold may see a bigger role providing outside linebacker depth in his absence.
Shortly after making San Francisco's 53-man roster, Carradine signed a one-year contract extension through the 2017 season, CSN Bay Area reports. The 2013 second-round pick looked like a bust in his first two seasons with the 49ers as a defensive lineman. The team opted to have him lose weight and move to outside linebacker this offseason and Carradine responded with his strongest camp, consequently making the final roster as a pass rush specialist. He should see the field on passing downs until Aaron Lynch returns from suspension Week 5.
The 49ers are poised to slot Tank Carradine as a starting defensive end in 2015. Carradine, who was drafted in 2013, did not play in his rookie season due to ACL surgery. In 2015, Carradine played nine games, recording three sacks and 16 total tackles. Now, with Justin Smith and Ray McDonald no longer on the team's defensive line, the 49ers are expecting to have Carradine be a more regular player this season, playing along side linebacker Aldon Smith. "We work together a little bit, figuring out what kind of stunts and things we could do," Carradine said, per CSN Bay Area. "I'm excited to work with him this year. He's a great pass-rusher. I feel like I can bring something to the table to help him as well as he helps me." Carradine will likely get action on the right defensive end and spots along the defensive line. "We got guys who can play left and right end," Carradine said. "We got guys who can play in the nickel package. We got guys who can play in the base package. So it's different. We're all going to work together. Each guy does things different. We're going to do it together and get things done. For me, I can do both. I'm excited about it. Other guys can do it as well."
The 49ers have listed the following players for Week 9's matchup with the Rams: cornerback Tramaine Brock (toe), linebacker Patrick Willis (toe), quarterback Josh Johnson, wide receiver Quinton Patton, center Dillon Farrell and defensive tackles Demarcus Dobbs and Tank Carradine. Both Brock and Willis were listed as questionable to play on Friday's final injury report due to toe injuries, and the 49ers defense wil have to survive without both. Willis has played in six games, recording 34 total tackles and an interception, but he hasn't played since facing the Rams in Week 6. Brock has seen action in just two games this season.
The 49ers have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 7 matchup against the Broncos: cornerback Chris Culliver (shoulder), guard Mike Iupati (concussion), linebacker Patrick Willis (toe), safety Jimmie Ward (quad), center Marcus Martin, wide receiver Quinton Patton and defensive end Tank Carradine. Culliver and Ward received questionable designations on the team's final injury report, while Willis was already listed as out. Cornerback Tramaine Brock (toe) and tackle Anthony Davis (knee, ankle) are active after being listed as questionable. Wide receiver Steve Johnson (hip) and tight end Vernon Davis (back) head the list of players who were listed as probable that are active in Week 7, a list that also includes cornerbacks Chris Cook (quad) and Perrish Cox (quad) as well as defensive linemen Justin Smith (not injury related), Ian Williams (ankle, shoulder) and Tony Jerod-Eddie (shoulder).