Well, that was a close one, wasn't it? It turns out that neither of our running backs that were injured in the game on Saturday night have any significant damage. LaMichael James still maintains he won't miss any time. Brandon Jacobs, on the other hand, will probably be out of action for a bit, and there is no timetable for his return, but all signs and MRIs point to good news. He's been a beast in his limited action in the preseason and I was really excited to see what he was going to provide for us this year, namely converting third downs and short yardage.
Now that we've had more time to digest the game, and it appears that we are clear on the injury front, what do we think? We mentioned beforehand that we wanted to sort out the depth chart at QB? Was that solved? I, unfortunately, had to miss the second half, so I didn't get to look at Scott Tolzien or Josh Johnson.
Brandon Jacobs tweets: 'Yeeeeaaa'. (Maiocco)
Matt Maiocco details some of the highs and lows of the game. Eric Bakhtiari played the whole game and recorded 7 tackles, one for a loss, and a QB hurry. A.J. Jenkins made a great catch. Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter look like they're ready to go. | Notes: James, Jacobs hobbled; Gore, Hunter look ready. (Maiocco)
Matt Barrows has gone back and reviewed the game film. There's not a lot to be thrilled about. Injuries and errors abound. DeMarcus Dobbs, while not recording much in the way of stats, was able to collapse the pocket on multiple occasions. A.J. Jenkins had a 32-yard catch and got open deep two more times, but was overthrown, although this was against the Texans third-string. | Film review: Bakhtiari, Dobbs, run game stand out; what went wrong. (Barrows)
Eric Branch gives us notes from the game. He notes that the first team offense has done well in the series' that Alex Smith has been on the field. In three series' we've averaged 11.3 plays per drive and come away with 10 points. Not bad. | Notes: RB injuries obscure performance of hard-running Hunter. (Branch)
Bay Area Sports Guy notes that Kendall Hunter looked great in the game. I think his performance was overshadowed by the negatives that occurred at the position. | 49ers vs Texans - 2 RBs carted off, one stands out. (BASG)
Grant Cohn has grades for the team. First up are his grades for the offense. Running backs are head of the class with an A- grade. | Preseason week 2 grades: the offense. (Cohn)
The defense is up for grading next and it should come as no surprise that outside linebackers were rated last because both of our starters missed the game with injuries. Eric Bakhtiari played well filling in, but Parys Harralson was nowhere to be found. Special teams are also covered here and we're lucky we didn't fail. LaMichael James looked bad returning punts and we gave up PR for a TD. | Preseason week 2 grades: defense and special teams. (Cohn)
And finally we have the quarterbacks. Josh Johnson is singled out for praise and was probably the bright spot for the position. | Preseason week 2 grades: Quarterbacks. (Cohn)
Eric Branch has some more updates on the injuries accompanied by some notes on the game. | 49ers Jacobs has no major knee damage. (Branch)
49ers draft picks: Training camp report card. (CBS Sports)
LaMichael James says he'll be back at practice Monday. (ProFootballTalk)
VIDEO: Press Pass: Jim Harbaugh. (49ers.com)
VIDEO: 49ers lose 20-9 on the road. (49ers.com)
VIDEO: Cover 2: 49ers at Texans. (49ers.com)
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