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.
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.
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.
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