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49ers injuries could give A.J. Jenkins, LaMichael James bigger roles

With Kyle Williams out for the season and Kendall Hunter nursing an ankle sprain, their backups could see more time in coming weeks.


The San Francisco 49ers may have gotten a big win against the New Orleans Saints in the Big Easy yesterday, but it came at a price. Wide receiver and kick returner Kyle Williams is out for the season with an ACL tear and Kendall Hunter could be out for a significant period with an ankle injury. That means A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James could be seeing the field a lot more.

Neither has seen the field so far this season after being drafted by the 49ers before the season started. New starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a history, albeit a brief one, with both James and Jenkins. He worked frequently with both in the preseason, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jenkins and a 78-yard run off a read option with James.

Jenkins is the only one of the two to appear on an active roster this season, but that was back in week one.