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The San Francisco 49ers have lost a key member of their talented defense after placing linebacker Parys Haralson on injured reserve.
San Francisco also signed linebacker Clark Haggans to a one-year contract to help fill the void as the defending NFC West champions prepare for Sunday's season opener at Green Bay.
The Niners announced the roster moves Monday without providing details on Haralson's injury, though he is believed to have hurt his left arm during the first half of a preseason win at Denver on Aug. 26. He didn't play in Thursday night's exhibition finale, a 35-3 win over the Chargers.
Haralson had been among the 11 returning starters for 2012 on Vic Fangio's defense that ranked No. 1 at stopping the run during a resurgent 13-3 season.
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The 49ers are down a key member of their talented defense heading into Week 1 after placing outside linebacker Parys Haralson on season-ending injured reserve Monday. Haralson had started 68 games for the Niners at outside linebacker over the past five seasons.
The San Francisco 49ers shocked the NFL last season when they went all the way to the NFC Championship Game in Jim Harbaugh's first year as head coach. Heading into their second season together, expectations are high for Harbaugh and Smith. Despite their immediate improvement, the Niners may have bitten off more than they can chew in 2012.
According to ProFootballWeekly.com,the San Francisco 49ers feel like both C.J. Spillman and Daniel Kilgore are future starters. This means they may not end up working on a new contract for both safety Dashon Goldson and center Jonathan Goodwin.
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Veteran wide receiver Randy Moss is listed as a starting wide receiver on the official depth chart by the 49ers. The former Marshall star has impressed 49ers coaches with his work ethic and effort this preseason, and it appears as though his hard work has paid off.
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The San Francisco 49ers signed veteran linebacker Clark Haggans today to give them some more depth at the linebacker position. They also placed Parys Haralson on injured reserve.
The 49ers have signed Clark Haggans to a 1-year deal and placed Parys Haralson on injured reserve.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) September 3, 2012
Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers rode a perfect statistical storm to a 13-3 record in 2011. Scott Kacsmar says they are destined for a fall, with a volatile mixture of obstacles to overcome.
What kind of player are the 49ers getting in veteran outside linebacker Clark Haggans, who joined the team this week? Brad Wilbricht, publisher of AZRedReport.com, stops by NinersDigest to give some insight on what the 13th-year veteran did during his four years with the Cardinals and what he brings to the 49ers at this point in his career. Get the inside scoop on Haggans here.
No contest here. The 49ers went 13-3 last season and finished a fumbled punt short of the Super Bowl. The offense is better and the defense is just as good as it was. The rest of the division is in catch-up mode for the time being.
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Comments on the San Francisco 49ers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 5) - After all, 49ers could have easily been in Super Bowl.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 7) - Adding Randy Moss looks sexy - this team needs more big plays. It'll be hard for superb defense to carry 49ers to Super Bowl.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC...