The San Francisco 49ers didn't come away from Sunday's 33-14 win over the Buccaneers without losing one of their key offensive players to injury.
Fullback Bruce Miller suffered a fractured left scapula late in the fourth quarter according to a team source. The prognosis for his recovery is unknown, but there's a chance he could be done for the season.
"Have a pretty good idea but won't say anything officially," Jim Harbaugh said Monday. "It doesn't look good for now. It's something he'll heal from."
Miller was hurt after catching a pass in the right flat late in the fourth quarter on the during San Francisco's key 17-play drive that resulted in a field goal to make it 23-14. Miller took a big hit from safety Keith Tandy on his left side and left the game in noticeable pain.
"Owen Marecic's hopefully in route and we'll look at our options," Harbaugh added.
Marecic - a favorite of Harbaugh at Stanford - had a cup of coffee with the 49ers earlier this season when the team signed him Sept. 17 before releasing him Oct. 1. He was let go in a flurry of moves to make way for Jermaine Cunningham and John Skelton.
Harbaugh said Miller's absence would be a big blow to his offense.
"He does so many things in the protection, in the run game, receiving out of the back field. He is a multitalented, multi-use player. Special teams contributor on two, three phases. It's a loss," said Harbaugh.
Anthony Dixon replaced Miller at fullback at the end Sunday's contest, but Harbaugh indicated the team could creative with some other players currently on the roster. Tight ends Derek Carrier, Garrett Celek and Vance McDonald could see their blocking roles out of the backfield increase. McDonald was inactive Sunday after suffering an ankle injury in Dec. 1's win over the Rams. But he did play the next week against the Seahawks.
Miller is currently the team's third leading receiver with 25 receptions for 243 yards on the year. He's also been used in short-yardage situations, but has just 13 rushing yards on seven attempts.
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