The San Francisco 49ers‘ depth will be tested once again. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, running back LaMichael James suffered a sprained knee, tearing his left MCL during the final preseason game on Thursday night.
Barrows reports that it is a Grade 2 strain. A typical recovery from such a injury is 3-4 weeks.
James left the game during the first half and did not return. A team spokesman told the media that the injury was not serious.
James is considered to be one of the backups to Frank Gore, as well as the team’s top kick and punt returner. If he misses any games, the 49ers will likely turn to Kyle Williams to return punts and Quinton Patton to return kicks.
A second round draft pick of the 49ers in 2012, James appeared in four games last season and recorded 4.6 yards per carry. He was inactive for the first 12 weeks of the season, but was activated after Kendall Hunter went down with an injury.
The 49ers wrapped up the preseason with a 41-6 win over the Chargers on Thursday night, and will prepare for a Week 1 matchup against the Packers next Sunday.