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INDIANAPOLIS – Defensive lineman Tank Carradine, the 49ers’ second-round draft pick last year who did not see game action as a rookie, underwent a recent procedure on his knee that has given coach Jim Harbaugh reason for more optimism.
Carradine was activated from the non-football injury list on Oct. 29. He was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 10. Shortly after the season, Carradine underwent a procedure to remove a mass of scar tissue. Harbaugh said he’ll be back and ready for football work “relatively quickly.”
“Expectations will be very high,” Harbaugh said at the NFL scouting combine. “He wasn’t able to straighten out his leg before that and his leg went straight. He looks like a different guy now since that procedure.
“Just with what we saw when he did practice with our football team and now with this procedure that’s been done, I’m even more excited. I think he’s going to have a great offseason. And look forward to his progress very, very much.”
Carradine sustained a torn ACL in his right knee on Nov. 23, 2012.
Harbaugh said he has even noticed a change in Carradine’s personality after undergoing the procedure.
“He knows this is going to help him,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a very positive thing.”