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49ers tight end Garrett Celek was carted off the field with an ankle injury

The 49ers might have lost one of their most consistent pass catchers.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - 49ers tight end Garrett Celek was carted off in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals with a left ankle injury and was initially ruled as questionable to return.

Celek leads the 49ers with three touchdown catches, two of which came in new starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert's first start against the Atlanta Falcons. For the season, he has 19 catches for 186 yards.

Celek was blocking for a running play along the right sideline when his leg was rolled into. The team's training staff quickly motioned for the cart to come out to take Celek off the field.

The 49ers came into the season with a bevy of tight ends. But they traded three, Vernon Davis, Asante Cleveland and Derek Carrier. Celek's injury leaves Vance McDonald and rookie fourth-round pick as the team's only healthy tight ends. McDonald, a third-year player, scored his first career touchown in last week's loss in Seattle.

Bell has three grabs for 17 yards this season.


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