Josh Morgan in 49ers' longterm plans despite trip to IR

Josh Morgan fractured leg wound up costing him the remainder of the season, but he remains a big part of the team’s plans.

Morgan was injured in the final minutes of the 49ers’blowout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, leading some to question what he was doing on the field and why San Francisco was passing with a 41-3 lead. He was placed on injured reserve, and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. That doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere.

We'll make that a priority," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

The 26-year-old Morgan is considered a professional and is an all-around player willing to do the dirty work in the running game as well. The club has signed Brett Swain to take his place.

"We'd like to fill Josh's shoes, and they're big shoes to fill, especially where Josh was at and the level Josh Morgan was playing at when he got hurt," Harbaugh said. "We're fired up that Brett's here and we'll get him going as fast as we can."

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