Draughn (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, the 49ers' official site reports. Draughn filled in admirably following the losses of Carlos Hyde (foot) and Reggie Bush (knee) for the season, racking up 76 carries for 263 yards, 25 catches (on 32 targets) for 175 yards, and one rushing touchdown over the course of six games between Weeks 9 and 15. However, Draughn sustained a season-ending MCL sprain at the end of the run and will miss the final two contests of the season. With Draughn out of the picture, DuJuan Harris and Jarryd Hayne are expected to man the backfield in Sunday's season finale versus the Rams.
Draughn (knee) won't take part in practice Wednesday. Draughn hasn't practiced since suffering a sprained knee in Week 15 versus the Bengals, but two opportunities await before week's end to make his presence felt. If he's ultimately ruled out or doesn't play Sunday against the Rams, the 49ers will likely employ a running back tandem of DuJuan Harris and Jarryd Hayne, as they did this past Sunday in Detroit.
Draughn (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions. Draughn was unable to practice this week after injuring his knee last Sunday, and the setback will ultimately prevent him from taking the field against the Lions. It's not clear who will be the 49ers' top running back in Draughn's absence, particularly since the player who saw the most snaps at the position last week -- Travaris Cadet -- was released this week, but Kendall Gaskins is likely the favorite for the job.
Draughn won't participate in Thursday's practice, Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports. For the second day in a row, Draughn will be absent from all drills, leaving Kendall Gaskins, DuJuan Harris, and Bruce Miller as the only healthy running backs in San Francisco. While the training staff tends to Draughn's knee throughout the week, Friday's injury report could inform whether or not he's trending toward an appearance Sunday at Detroit.
Draughn (knee) didn't take part in Wednesday's walk-through, but offensive coordinator Geep Chryst considers the running back day-to-day, Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Draughn has been the 49ers' lead back for six consecutive games, and while he's only dashed for 3.4 YPC and one touchdown during that span, he's augmented his line with 23 receptions (on 30 targets) for 174 yards. Following an abbreviated appearance Sunday against the Bengals in which he was diagnosed with a knee injury, he hasn't made a step in the right direction to date. However, two practices remain to prove his health, with Friday's injury report potentially shedding light on his Week 16 status.
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