Wide receiver Kyle Williams confirmed Monday what the 49ers feared in the wake of his injury in New Orleans – he tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.
This might mean a long-awaited chance for No. 1 draft choice A.J. Jenkins to play Sunday in St. Louis. Running backLaMichael James also could make his NFL regular-season debut, given uncertainty surrounding Kendall Hunter‘s status after he injured his ankle on the same play on which Williams got hurt.
“There’s a good chance there will be some new active guys on Sunday,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Yeah, I send that message to some of our young guys, that the opportunity is coming.”
Harbaugh offered no updates on Williams, Hunter or return man Ted Ginn Jr. (wrist), but Williams announced the end of his season on Twitter.
“Regret to inform yall I will be out for the season with a torn acl,” he wrote. “Not how I saw things playing out but in the end I will be fine and … This is just another obstacle I will have to climb to get back. Looking forward to the challenge!!”
Williams caught 14 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown this season. He also had 13 kickoff returns (27.2 average) and four punt returns (13.0 average). James counts as a logical candidate for return duty Sunday if Ginn can’t play.