With Arik Armstead facing a possible season-ending hand injury, the 49ers on Tuesday signed a pair of 30-something veterans to beef up their suddenly depleted defensive line.
One of them, Tony McDaniel, 32, played 16 games – 10 starts – for the Seattle Seahawks last season and finished with 43 tackles. He also played for Seattle in 2013 when 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was an assistant there. Saleh runs a version of the Seahawks defense, so McDaniel is familiar with the scheme.
The other, Leger Douzable, 31, has played nine seasons for five teams. He spent the preseason with San Francisco after appearing in 16 games last year for the Buffalo Bills. Douzable led all of San Francisco’s defensive linemen with 10 tackles in the preseason.
The 49ers made room for the duo by putting Armstead on injured reserve and releasing veteran tight end Logan Paulsen. The 49ers promoted rookie tight end Cole Hikutini to the active roster last week. Both Armstead and Hikutini played at Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove.
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Armstead fractured his hand in the second quarter Sunday and will have surgery to repair it. He is eligible to return to the active roster, but that seems unlikely given the time it will take for his hand to heal and the fact that he must wait eight weeks before he returns.
Teams can bring two players back from injured reserve. One 49ers defensive end, Ronald Blair, can come back Week 9; another, Tank Carradine, is eligible to return in Week 12.
A third, Chris Jones, went on injured reserve before the 53-man roster was set, so he is not eligible to play for San Francisco this season.
The 49ers’ defensive linemen who played the most in Washington Sunday were, in order: Solomon Thomas, DeForest Buckner, Earl Mitchell and Xavier Cooper.