Coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday that 49ers rookie running back Ty Davis-Price sustained a high ankle sprain during the 27-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks and will miss multiple weeks.
Injuries to what once was one of the deepest position groups on the roster now has the 49ers searching the open market for reinforcements. The 49ers already are without Elijah Mitchell, who was placed on injured reserve with an MCL sprain that will sideline the Louisiana product for approximately two months.
Shanahan said the plan is to bring in free-agent running backs for workouts this week as reinforcements to join Jeff Wilson Jr., Jordan (J.P.) Mason and new addition Marlon Mack, who likely will be elevated from the practice squad.
Shanahan was pleased with Wilson’s performance Sunday at Levi's Stadium, as he carried the ball 18 times for 84 yards. He also caught both of his targets for 19 yards.
“I thought Jeff was a stud,” Shanahan said. “You could see it on the first two runs of the game. I didn’t think they were blocked that well, just to watch the way that Jeff got 6 yards on the first one and 6 on the second.
“For some tough looks, you just see how hard he was running. And what Jeff does when he doesn’t have the ball is really good, too. He helps us out in a ton of ways.”
Mason was on deck to enter the game, but Shanahan said the 49ers did not know about Davis-Price’s injury until later. Had they known, the undrafted free agent would have received some playing time.
Mack has been at the team facility for less than a week but has impressed Shanahan so far. The former Indianapolis Colts ball carrier will be called upon as the 49ers prepare to head to Denver to face the Broncos at Mile High Stadium on "Sunday Night Football."
“I thought he did a good job,” Shanahan said. “I thought he looked good in practice. He got mainly scout-team reps, but he looked like he’d been around. He carries himself the right way, and you can see the skill set that has given him success in this league.”
The 49ers released running backs Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty when they did their final cut down to 53 players. Sermon was claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles, and Hasty signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.