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Return jobs up in the air for 49ers after James injury

Frank Beltre, LaMichael James AP

If teams could just pick the best 53 players this weekend, things would almost be simple.

But the 49ers have to factor in some other things into the calculations, as injuries are causing them to shuffle some jobs around.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, 49ers running back/return man LaMichael James suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee Thursday night that’s expected to keep him out around three weeks. He’s not expected to need surgery.

That will push wide receiver Kyle Williams into punt return duties, though cornerback Perrish Cox could do it if he makes the roster as a fifth cornerback.

Williams hasn’t played in any of the preseason games, while recovering from last year’s torn ACL, but he’s expected to be ready for the regular season.

Kick return duties could go to Williams, or rookie wide receiver Quinton Patton. Cox and wideout Lavelle Hawkins (who had a 105-yard return a week ago) could also be in the mix, depending on roster construction.

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7 Responses to “Return jobs up in the air for 49ers after James injury”
  1. kcflake says: Aug 30, 2013 4:01 PM

    I bet the 49ers will raid the Chiefs again for another player for their return duties. All of the Chiefs returners tore it up in preseason.

  2. whoisrdymlz says: Aug 30, 2013 4:39 PM

    Bet they wish they had Ted Ginn

  3. footballnation678 says: Aug 30, 2013 4:54 PM

    Lol Ted gins a joke and when Miami took him in the first round I could not stop laughing at how stupid they where to pass up on Adrian Peterson Patrick Willis revis island what a joke of a franchise

  4. favresweiner says: Aug 30, 2013 4:55 PM

    “Put Kyle Williams back there”- Said the Giants fan.

  5. earpaniac says: Aug 30, 2013 6:17 PM

    The only reason Ginn was drafted that high IMO was Devin Hester.

  6. giantssb42champs says: Aug 31, 2013 12:04 AM

    Ted Ginn oh how we miss thee

  7. pop562 says: Aug 31, 2013 3:53 AM

    They just named all the returners if you guys read the article. Hawkins did return a 105 yarder for a TD.

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