Sunday, August 19, 2012

Two 49ers Running Backs Leave Preseason Game With Injuries

49ers running back Brandon Jacobs was carried off the field after suffering a potentially significant left knee injury in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Texans.

Jacobs could put no weight on the leg as he was assisted to the sideline. The injury occurred at the end of an eight-yard run that saw Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson collide with Jacobs’ knee. Jackson was also shaken up on the play. Jacobs was down for several minutes immediately after the collision, as 49ers and Texans players huddled all around him.

Jacobs was eventually carted to the locker room.

Second-round rookie LaMichael James soon joined him.

James appeared to suffer a left foot or ankle injury, the extent of which is unknown. He was spotted as being able to put some pressure on the foot, but the fact that James had to leave on a cart presumably doesn’t bode well. James was the 61st overall pick in the draft.

Although it’s obviously thinning, the Niners are armed with considerable backfield depth. They have impressive second-year runner Kendall Hunter behind starter Frank Gore, as well as versatile tailback/fullback Anthony Dixon.

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