Kyle Williams could open season as returner

The San Francisco 49ers could be using Kyle Williams to return kicks to start the season.

That is because Ted Ginn Jr. is right back where he was to end last season – out with an injury.

Ginn suffered a right ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s victory over the Denver Broncos. According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, X-rays on Ginn’s ankle were negative.

Ginn missed the final two games of the 2011 season with an ankle sprain. He returned during the playoffs only to suffer a knee injury that sidelined him during the offseason program.

The 49ers would likely turn to Williams, who had two costly fumbles in the NFC Championship Game loss to the New York Giants, if Ginn is not available. The team has been praising Williams for his work in preseason. He’s averaged 11.6 yards on five punt returns and has a team-high 71 yards receiving.

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