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Report: 49ers guard Mike Iupati has sprained knee, surgery not expected

49ers guard Mike Iupati has started every game in his four-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati has started every game in his four-year NFL career. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

San Francisco 49ers left guard Mike Iupati sprained his left knee in Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints and the injury is not considered to be a season-ender, reports Janie McCauley of the Associated Press.

Iupati was injured and carted off this field in the third quarter in the team's 23-20 loss when running back Frank Gore was tackled into the back of Iupati's leg.

An MRI this week showed that he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament that is expected not to require surgery, according to the report.

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Iupati, 26, has started 58 straight games since the team selected him 17th overall in the 2010 NFL draft out of Idaho.

 

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