SANTA CLARA — Next man up.
Jeff Wilson, yet another undrafted backup running back, will get a chance to shine for the 49ers this Sunday because the starter is injured. Starter Matt Breida sprained his left ankle last Sunday during warmups before the 49ers’ 43-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He will not play in the 49ers’ upcoming game against the Denver Broncos.
“I’ve been dealing with it all year long,” Breida said Wednesday in the 49ers’ locker room. “Not 100 percent guaranteed I will be back next week (against the Seahawks). I have to take it day by day and see how it feels.”
Breida, an undrafted free agent in 2017, was the backup to starting running back Jerick McKinnon before the season started. But McKinnon tore his ACL, so Breida became the starter. And Breida has played extremely well. He’s averaging 5.6 yards per carry — third best in the NFL among qualified running backs.
Breida first injured his left ankle Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals. The next few games, Breida split carries with fellow undrafted free agent Raheem Mostert, who also excelled. Mostert averaged 7.7 yards per carry before a broken arm ended his season.
Every undrafted 49ers running back seems to run well. And now it’s Wilson’s turn.
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