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Torn meniscus will sideline 49ers RB Jeff Wilson 4-6 months

49ers RB Jeff Wilson will miss start of the regular season. A host of running backs could take his place.

Running back Jeff Wilson #30 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers injury woes have started earlier than usual this year, as running back Jeff Wilson recently underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Wilson will likely miss at least some of the regular season due to the 4-6 month recovery for this particular procedure.

Wilson was once again due to play a large role in the offense this season after leading the team in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns last year. Injuries played a major role the 49ers backfield last season, as Wilson played in just 11 games, while Raheem Mostert had eight to Tevin Coleman’s six.

Coleman left in free agency, landing on the Jets, so Mostert is in line for the bulk of work to start the year now. But San Francisco did draft two running backs in Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell. Sermon in the third round and Mitchell in the sixth. Sermon and new addition Wayne Gallman should get first dibs at work behind Mostert, and in Kyle Shanahan’s offense that could be a good thing.