LaMichael James' unimpressive preseason took an ugly turn Thursday night when the San Francisco 49ers running back sustained a left knee injury during the preseason finale against the San Diego Chargers.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reported Friday that James suffered a sprained MCL in the 49ers' 41-6 win. James won't require surgery but is expected to miss three weeks, Barrows was told by a source.
Rotating with reserves Anthony Dixon and Jewel Hampton, James had just 55 yards on 24 carries in August. He did a nice job in relief of Hunter in 2012, but he doesn't project as an impact player on offense. Still, any lengthy absence by James would pose an issue for the 49ers on special teams.The "Around The League Podcast" is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.