49ers Sign Marecic, Williams to IR

The 49ers announced the signing of fullback Owen Marecic, a favorite of Jim Harbaugh during his days at Stanford. He replaces Ian Williams, who suffered a broken ankle Sunday and has gone on injured reserve.

The San Francisco 49ers have brought in Owen Marecic after all.

After rumors circulated Marecic would join the team following final cuts before the season opener, Ian Williams' placement on injured reserve opened up a spot that allowed Marecic to join the team. He was released by the Cleveland Browns Aug. 27.

Marecic, 24, played both ways during his collegiate days under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. San Francisco tried to draft him in 2011, but the Browns wound up selecting him in the fourth round (214th overall).

At fullback, Marecic's contributions will likely come on special teams after the 49ers placed inside linebacker Nick Moody on injured reserve/designated for return last week. Moody broke his hand in the season opener against the Packers.

Marecic (6-0, 245) becomes the second fullback on the roster behind Bruce Miller, who had a forgettable performance in Sunday night's 29-3 loss in Seattle.

As a senior at Stanford, Marecic earned first-team Pac-12 honors for his play at fullback and honorable mention as a linebacker. He appeared in 24 games (six starts) with Cleveland.

Williams was officially placed on injured reserve Tuesday after Harbaugh announced his starting nose tackle would undergo season-ending surgery to repair his broken ankle Monday. Glenn Dorsey will take his place and played well Sunday, registering his first sack with San Francisco since joining the team as a free agent from the Kansas City Chiefs.

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