Celek was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain after Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. If Celek misses time beyond Week 12, which seems likely, there could be a few more targets available for top tight end Vance McDonald, who caught six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game. No. 3 tight end Blake Bell would also be in line for a bigger role, after catching three passes for 67 yards Sunday afternoon.
Celek (ankle) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Celek initially left the field with a leg injury, which was clarified as an ankle concern. Currently, the severity of the ailment is unknown, but the 49ers will likely lay out a return timetable in due time.
Celek left Sunday's contest against the Cardinals due to a leg injury, Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Avoiding injury so far this season has helped Celek become the 49ers' most consistent player, with multiple catches in seven of 10 games. He's also reached the end zone three times among 28 targets, but after he was carted to the locker room, the current ailment could keep him away from the field for the rest of the game.
Celek caught two passes off of two targets for 12 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over Atlanta. Celek peeled off into the flat on a play-action pass for a 1-yard score early in the second quarter and then boxed his defender out for an 11-yard touchdown shortly before halftime. The two scores were double his previous season total and with Vernon Davis out of town and Anquan Boldin nursing a hamstring injury, Celek looks like the 49ers' most legitimate red-zone threat in the short term.
Celek (concussion) is listed as active Sunday versus the Falcons. Celek has thus officially emerged from the concussion protocol just one week removed from the injury. While the Falcons have surrendered 47 receptions and four touchdowns to tight ends at the season's midpoint, expectations for Celek should be tempered with Blaine Gabbert now directing the 49ers' offense.
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