San Francisco’s running back reps behind Frank Gore will be a key to Sunday’s game in St. Louis. Whether Brandon Jacobs or LaMichael James becomes the featured No. 2 runner behind Gore remains to be seen.
Jim Harbaugh said the reps against the Rams would be shared “among the other backs.”
With the loss of Kendall Hunter and Kyle Williams to season-ending injuries last week in New Orleans, the 49ers coach will have to find ways of showcasing other players on the roster.
Even so, Harbaugh admitted the injured players will be tough to replace.
“When you lose trusted agents and known friends,” the 49ers coach said, “it creates opportunities for youngsters to step up.”
Harbaugh is eager to see if James or first-round pick A.J. Jenkins can potentially answer the call if needed.
“I’m confident those youngsters will,” Harbaugh went on to say.
Even with heavy rain falling at the 49ers training facility in Santa Clara, Harbaugh made the most of the day by having his team hold its first turf-field practice of the season.
Not many rainy days in the Bay Area during football season, but Harbaugh was pleased to have a chance to practice in it.
“Always like to use those opportunities” he said.
Overall, Harbaugh felt like it was a good week of work even with a quarterback change announced mid-week.
“I thought the focus was good and the practices were good,” he said.
The 49ers coach also spoke highly of newly promoted linebacker Michael Wilhoite, a player who came on to the team’s scouting radar last season. Wilhoite spent time on the practice squad the last two years before being promoted as the team’s No. 53 player on the roster Friday morning.
“He’s a real professional,” Harbaugh said of Wilhoite, who could potentially play on special teams if active on Sunday. “He’s chomping at the bit to get on the field… we’ll see if that happens in the game.”
Harbaugh said David Akers (hip) would be fine for Sunday in St. Louis. Also, safety Darcel McBath (concussion) is questionable to play.
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