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49ers receiver and return man Bruce Ellington will miss Sunday's game against the Steelers with an ankle injury

49ers receiver Bruce Ellington will not play Sunday with an ankle injury.

The 49ers will be without receiver and return man Bruce Ellington for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Ellington has an ankle injury that came to light before San Francisco's Friday practice before the trip to Pittsburgh. His absence means the 49ers will be without two candidates to return punts, likely making former Australian Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne the top return man available. Ellington entered Sunday listed as questionable.

Running back Reggie Bush did not travel with the team after sustaining a calf injury in the first quarter of Monday's 20-3 win.

Appearing in 13 games as a rookie in 2014, Ellington made six receptions for 62 yards while averaging 8.2 yards on 23 punt returns. He had an 85-yard touchdown return in Monday night's season opener against the Vikings called back because of penalties.

Ellington made two catches for five yards against the Vikings, playing just three of the offense's 73 snaps.

With Ellington and Bush out, rookie running back Mike Davis and undrafted free agent receiver DeAndrew White will be active, making their NFL debuts after being inactive against Minnesota.

Davis ran for 113 yards on 26 carries in the preseason (4.3-yard average) after getting drafted out of South Carolina in the fourth round (27th, 126 overall). White, who played at Alabama opposite Amari Cooper, made five catches for 88 yards in the exhibition season, while adding 91 yards on four punts returns after impressing during training camp.

49ers inactives:

WR Bruce Ellington

RB Reggie Bush

CB Shareece Wright

OG Brandon Thomas

NT Mike Purcell

C Nick Easton

OLB Corey Lemonier

Stellers inactives:

QB Landry Jones

WR Sammie Coates

CB Cortez Allen

OL Chris Hubbard

TE Jesse James

DE L.T. Walton

DE Caushaud Lyons


Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.

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