The 49ers' loaded group of running backs reportedly will be short one player for a while.
NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday, citing sources, that 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. is expected to miss the next four to six months while recovering from surgery to fix a torn meniscus. Consequently, he will miss at least the start of the 2021 NFL season.
It's a significant loss for San Francisco, as Wilson led all 49ers running backs last season with 600 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He also hauled in 13 receptions for another 133 yards and three scores through the air.
With Wilson sidelined, rookies Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell, as well as free-agent signee Wayne Gallman, likely will vie for playing time behind incumbent starter Raheem Mostert.