LaMichael James Injury: Updates on 49ers RB's Knee, Potential Return Date

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12:  Running back LaMichael James #23 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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LaMichael James was hoping to have a big second year with the San Francisco 49ers, but an injury has sidelined him for the first three games of the season.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the running back suffered a sprained MCL in Thursday's preseason game against the Chargers:

RB-PR LaMichael James has a sprained MCL. Prognosis unclear at this point. Kyle Williams is the backup PR; Quinton Patton backup KR?

— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 30, 2013

Barrows also reported in his blog that James' Grade 2 sprain usually requires a three- to four-week recovery time. James remains a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Rams.