However, coach Jim Harbaugh made it clear Thursday the team is confident that Miller's backup, Anthony Dixon, will perform well in the role.
“Anthony Dixon will step up and do a great job, as he has been doing in that backup fullback role,” Harbaugh said. “You never have to worry about AD’s effort, and I look forward to watching him compete.”
Harbaugh said the newly signed Will Tukuafu will primarily be a fullback, but added that he can play defensive line in am emergency. When Tukuafu was previously with the 49ers, over the past three years, he was primarily a defensive tackle who dabbled as a fullback.
In other 49ers notes:
Harbaugh had high praise for quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s ability to throw to his left. High praise. Check it out: “I’ve never seen anybody throw to their left on the run better than Colin. Comparative to the universe of quarterbacks. It’s a rare comparison.”
Here’s Kaepernick, a native of Wisconsin who moved to California as a child, on memories of Candlestick Park: “I was a Packers fan growing up, so don’t quite have the same memories.”
Mel Kiper Jr. believes 49ers safety Eric Reid has been the 11th-best rookie in the NFL this season. There is no question, Reid has become a vital part of a great defense.