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