Harbaugh confident in Anthony Dixon at FB

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – There is no doubt the San Francisco 49ers will miss fullback Bruce Miller, who is out for the season with a broken scapula.

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 rookieInsider in the NFL this season. There is no question, Reid has become a vital part of a great defense.

  • Can Michael Crabtree be trusted as a Week 16 fantasy play?