UPDATED 5:00 p.m. Sunday
James has dislocated his left elbow during training camp Sunday.
#49ers RB LaMichael James was carted off the field today with what I'm told is a dislocated elbow. Second big RB injury to SF
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 27, 2014
LaMichael James to miss a month with a dislocated elbow sustained in a blitz pickup drill this afternoon.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) July 27, 2014
James is only missing a month of football unless he has another set back. Hyde’s importance as a backup running back has just skyrocketed in the past two days.
The biggest question, other than the backup running back situation, is who will be the next returner?
The season begins for the 49ers September 7 against the Dallas Cowboys. Preseason begins August 7 against the Baltimore Ravens.
3:39 p.m. Sunday
At training camp on Sunday, running back LaMichael James was carted off the field with an apparent arm/wrist injury.
Two days after running back Kendall Hunter tore his ACL at camp, another backup running back goes down.
#49ers LaMichael James carted off practice field after sustains apparent left wrist/arm injury.
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) July 27, 2014
LaMichael James is carted off the field after sustaining apparent left arm or wrist injury in blitz pick up drill.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) July 27, 2014
This now leaves running back Carlos Hyde as the backup to Frank Gore until James returns if his injury is not serious.
In two years with the 49ers, James has carried the ball a total 39 times for 184 yards. As a returner, James has an average punt return of 10.9 yards and 28.4 yards on kick returns, according to Pro-Football-Reference.