The San Francisco 49ers have placed fullback Bruce Miller on the injured reserved list effectively ending his season. This is an unfortunate turn of events and a huge loss for San Francisco because Miller is such an important part of this team. He is one of those guys that does things that don’t show up on the stat sheet but are crucial to the success of a football team.
Miller was drafted by the 49ers in the seventh round of the 2011 draft as a defensive end. He was converted to a full back and gained playing time through his hard work in practices. Last season, Miller was a pro-bowl alternate and this year he is looking at not only another pro-bowl season, but an all-pro season as well.
This season Miller was the lead blocker for the fifth best running attack in the NFL. Not only was he going out on the field week after week crushing opposing linebacker and defensive linemen, but he was also helping out in the passing game with protection and by making plays. Miller was third on the team and led all fullbacks with 25 catches for 243 yards. He was more than a safety valve, he was a reliable target who Colin Kaepernick trusted.
So what’s next for the 49ers?
The team announced that they signed Will Tukuafu to add depth at the position but I would be surprised if the team doesn’t go with backup running back Anthony Dixon. The four year man out of Mississippi State is 6-foot-1 and 233 pounds and is a special teams dynamo. He clearly has the physical capabilities to do what Miller did plus he is a little quicker which may give the 49ers another weapon on offense. Bruce Miller is no doubt a huge loss but their is no reason to panic Niner fans, Dixon is a hungry young player who is ready to fill in and help this team win.