Breida (knee) returned to Sunday's game in Kansas City, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Breida appeared to suffer a non-contact injury to his right knee in the first half, but after an evaluation, he tested it out with some jogging and cutting on the sideline and reentered the contest after halftime. As long as he doesn't aggravate the issue, he's poised to split running back reps with Alfred Morris.
Breida left Sunday's game at Kansas City with an apparent right knee injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Like teammate Jerick McKinnon in late August, Breida seemed to suffer the injury as his leg got caught before taking any contact, per Wagoner. The 49ers will do their due diligence to hone in on a diagnosis, but Alfred Morris will head the backfield for the foreseeable future.
Breida carried 11 times for 138 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Lions. He also caught three of four targets for an additional 21 yards in the 30-27 win. Breida set career highs in rushing yards and scrimmage yards on the day, leading the team in both categories on a modest total of 14 touches. The bulk of his production came on an electric 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, which helped keep his team ahead as the Lions made a push late in the game. Breida received three fewer carries than veteran Alfred Morris, but the latter averaged 3.4 yards per carry and has managed just 86 yards on 26 totes through two games. Breida clearly possesses the greater upside of the two backs on a weekly basis, but the team seems set on continuing this timeshare heading into next week's matchup with the Chiefs.
Breida rushed 11 times for 46 yards and brought in one of two targets for five yards in the 49ers' 24-16 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Veteran back Alfred Morris only outpaced Breida by one carry, although the latter's 4.6 yards per tote was much more efficient than his teammate's 3.2 figure. All eyes will be on the division of labor in the San Francisco backfield during the early portion of the season in the wake of Jerick McKinnon's season-ending knee injury, and it remains to be seen if Sunday's results prove to be the norm over the long term. Breida will look to build on his Week 1 performance against the Lions in Week 2.
Breida is listed as the top running back on San Francisco's depth chart ahead of its Week 1 matchup against Minnesota. With Jerick McKinnon (knee) out for the season, Breida will serve as the speed-oriented/pass-catching option in a timeshare with veteran power back Alfred Morris, who currently is listed as the second stringer. Despite their respective positions on the depth chart, it won't come as any surprise if Morris technically gets the Week 1 start, given that his skill set is conducive to early downs. Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area expects head coach Kyle Shanahan to adjust his running-back usage on a week-to-week basis, with the workload division likely depending on the matchup and game flow. Week 1 seems to favor Breida over Morris, as the Niners are road underdogs against a Vikings defense that allowed just 83.6 rushing yards per game (and 3.7 per carry) last season. Breida seems to have made a full recovery from his preseason shoulder injury after gaining medical clearance this past weekend.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||28||27.00|
|4||09/30||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.00|
|6||10/16||@Green Bay Packers||7||12.00|
|7||10/22||Los Angeles Rams||8||12.00|
|10||11/13||New York Giants||19||16.00|
|12||11/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||27.00|
|17||12/30||@Los Angeles Rams||8||12.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||105||465||2||21||180||1||82|