The San Francisco 49ers made it a point during the offseason to add depth to the running back position and that seemed like that was going to be tested after game number tw0 of the preseason. Brandon Jacobs hurt his left knee in the first quarter after Kareem Jackson the Houston Texans cornerback helmet struck his left knee as Jackson made the tackle. The impact was so severe that Jacobs got carted off the field.
During the fourth quarter LaMichael James injured his left ankle in a pileup and needed help to get off the field.
If Jacobs is to miss time, it means that Anthony Dixon will get the opportunity in short yardage situations. Saturday, he had two opportunities on fourth and one and he will also continue to make his impact felt on special teams for the San Francisco 49ers. For James, if he’s out Kyle Williams will get the opportunity to return kicks along with Ted Ginn Jr. and be the backup punt returner.
Great news has come in regard to both injuries as Adam Schefter tweeted “x-rays on 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs’ left knee were negative but he is scheduled to undergo an MRI on it Sunday.” Cam Inman also tweeted that “James plans to practice Monday.”
While James plans on practicing on Monday the question lingers on the severity of the injury to Jacobs and even if he misses the rest of the preseason and possibly a game or two in the regular season, the San Francisco 49ers have enough depth to make up for his absence and dodged a bullet that neither of the injuries were serious.