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SANTA CLARA – The 49ers added two tight ends to their active roster to account for injuries heading into Thursday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Garrett Celek, a third-year profession, was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list and rookie Asante Cleveland was promoted from the practice squad to suit up for the key NFC West game.
The 49ers placed tight end Derek Carrier on injured reserve with a foot injury. Carrier is ineligible to play the remainder of the season. The 49ers also waived linebacker Chase Thomas, who spent three weeks on the team’s 53-man roster.
With the 49ers’ decision to add two tight ends on game day, it appears unlikely Vance McDonald will be active to face Seattle. He missed last week’s game against Washington with a back injury, and he is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.
Celek is set to make his first appearance this season. He appeared in 25 games for the 49ers over his first two NFL seasons after being signed as an undrafted rookie from Michigan State. Celek has six career catches for 89 yards. He underwent a back procedure in training camp.
Carrier played in the 49ers’ first 11 games and caught nine passes for 105 yards.
Cleveland, an undrafted rookie from Miami, was promoted for the 49ers’ Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers went with lot of multi-receiver formations and Cleveland did not play on offense. He saw six plays on special teams.
Two days later, the 49ers waived Cleveland and he returned to the practice squad so the team could bring back quarterback Josh Johnson to the 53-man roster.