The 49ers' backfield took another hit over the weekend. RB Joe Williams suffered a rib fracture and a "deep" hip bruise in Saturday's game against the Texans, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. He's expected to miss "at least the opening of the regular season." Williams faced opportunity in the wake of injuries to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida. His injuries now give way to Alfred Morris, Jeremy McNichols and Raheem Mostert. We'll see if Williams can make his way to 2018 relevance.
Niners RB Matt Breida is expected to miss the rest of the preseason because of the shoulder injury he suffered Thursday night, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. Breida did, however, avoid structural damage to the joint. The team hopes to have him back for Week 1. In the meantime, RBs Joe Williams, Raheem Mostert and Jeremy McNichols will enjoy extra opportunities to earn offensive roles. Breida's current ADP is late enough (around RB50) that you can still take him there, barring some negative development with his shoulder. Williams is the biggest talent behind him on the depth chart and still has plenty to prove after a lost rookie year.