The San Francisco 49ers lost running back Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Kyle Williams to season-ending injuries on the very same play during Sunday's win at New Orleans.
A pair of tough blows for the NFC West-leading Niners (8-2-1) as they prepare for a road game at St. Louis on Sunday three weeks after a 24-24 tie with the Rams on Nov. 11 at Candlestick Park.
''That was a major hit,'' running back Anthony Dixon said Tuesday. ''Kyle and Kendall are both go-to guys in our offense. They made a lot of plays for us this year, and to see them go down on one play - man, that's crazy. We pride ourselves on being a stacked team, on being deep, and we've just got to show up this week.''
Now, Dixon likely will take on a larger role backing up Frank Gore and rookie second-round draft pick LaMichael James is expected to be active, along with top draft pick wide receiver A.J. Jenkins.
An announcement on who will start Sunday at quarterback is expected from coach Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday....