49ers' Running Back Depth Takes Another Injury Blow

Larry Rupp
The San Francisco 49ers' running back depth has taken another injury blow.
The San Francisco 49ers' running back depth has taken another injury blow. / AP Photos/Craig Lassig

The San Francisco 49ers cannot catch a break in the backfield right now. One week after starting running back Elijah Mitchell went down with an MCL sprain, rookie Tyrion Davis-Price suffered a high ankle sprain against the Seattle Seahawks. The San Francisco rookie is expected to be sidelined for at least a few weeks.

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Davis-Price made his NFL debut in Week 2, rushing for 33 yards on 14 carries and playing in 39% of the offensive snaps. The LSU product was head coach Kyle Shanahan's go-to back in short yardage situations and saw 2 touches in the red zone. He was a suitable complementary back to Jeff Wilson.

Wilson rushed for 84 yards on 18 carries in Week 2 and added 19 yards on 2 receptions. He remains at the top of San Francisco's depth chart, but the support behind him is lacking. While Rookie Jordan Mason is the only other RB on the roster, veteran Marlon Mack is expected to be elevated from the practice squad.

Shanahan said Mason would've gotten some playing time against the Seahawks if the coaching staff had known about Davis-Price's injury sooner. The undrafted free agent used a strong preseason to make the 53-man roster and rushed for 2,349 yards in four seasons at Georgia Tech (43 games).

Mack was also given some praise by his new head coach as Shanahan said the 26-year-old "carries himself the right way" and has "looked good" in practice so far. With Mitchell set to return in a few months, all the 49ers have to do is bridge the gap and lean on a strong offensive line to pave the way.

San Francisco will try to overcome all its recent injuries against the Denver Broncos this week. Despite missing several key players, the 49ers are still tabbed as 1-point road favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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