Elijah Mitchell will miss 6-8 weeks with his knee injury

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Elijah Mitchell‘s knee injury was more serious than expected, and the 49ers running back will miss 6-8 weeks.

“It wasn’t the news we were looking for,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said in a conference call with local media, via Jerry McDonald of the East Bay Times.

The team initially thought Mitchell had an MCL sprain that would keep him out 2-4 weeks.

“He’s pretty disappointed,” Shanahan said. “Everyone knows how good Elijah’s been, how hard he’s worked to get back from his last one and how good he’s been playing since he came back. To be right back there, I know he was real down on it. He’s had some real bad luck. He got rolled up on and it was a bad position for him to be in.”

Mitchell, who set a franchise rookie record with 963 yards rushing last season, only returned from an injured reserve stint on Nov. 12. He injured his knee in the season opener and missed seven games.

Mitchell had 34 carries for 183 yards the past three games while splitting time with Christian McCaffrey as the 49ers’ lead back. McCaffrey came out of Sunday’s game with “knee irritation” so the 49ers will monitor him this week as they get ready to host the Dolphins.

Rookies Jordan Mason and Ty Davis-Price could see more playing time this week. Mason had five carries for 25 yards on Sunday against the Saints.

16 responses to “Elijah Mitchell will miss 6-8 weeks with his knee injury

  1. The biggest ability is availABILITY. It’s a shame. The kid is a good running back and, by all accounts, a humble and good person. He is just injury prone.

  2. Too bad. He’s a really good running back. He’s got speed and is not afraid to run between the tackles.

  3. You could almost see this coming when they arrogantly traded Wilson to the Dolphins, thinking they had their stacked backfield all set up.

    Like RB health/depth hasn’t been an issue for the Niners during the Shanahan/Lynch regime.

    So irritated right now with this organization.

  4. Shouldn’t have traded Jeff Wilson to Miami.
    Wait till he gains 150 this Sunday against the 49ers.

  5. cmeyer49er says:
    November 28, 2022 at 9:58 pm
    You could almost see this coming when they arrogantly traded Wilson to the Dolphins, thinking they had their stacked backfield all set up.

    Like RB health/depth hasn’t been an issue for the Niners during the Shanahan/Lynch regime.

    So irritated right now with this organization.
    ———-
    Have heart. Jordan Mason has looked good and they have Price as well.

  6. MortimerInMiami says:
    November 28, 2022 at 11:01 pm
    Shouldn’t have traded Jeff Wilson to Miami.
    Wait till he gains 150 this Sunday against the 49ers.
    ————-
    Wilson gets 150?? While you are at it why not give 150 to Mostert too!
    You realize that niners have the number #1 rush defense even without the starting two defensive tackles. If anything I’m more concerned about the pass D

    Mostert and Wilson sound so bad. Complaining about the niners. These are the very same guys that have given these undrafted guys a chance. Now they are sore? Ungrateful much?

  7. Every game is important at this point but, definitely after SF embarrassing loss to KC, playing MIA a AFC contender and all the Wilson/Mostert/ drama and McDaniel/ex 49ER coaching staff returning.

    Best believe the 9ERS are showing up Sunday with something to prove!!!!

    Don’t believe it??

    Then check 9ER players Twitter accounts. Both teams had players talking through social and media before they took field LAST Sunday vs Hou/NO

    Mostert made this game personal

    Game of week Sunday

  8. cmeyer49er says:
    November 28, 2022 at 9:58 pm
    You could almost see this coming when they arrogantly traded Wilson to the Dolphins, thinking they had their stacked backfield all set up.

    Like RB health/depth hasn’t been an issue for the Niners during the Shanahan/Lynch regime.

    So irritated right now with this organization.

    ——————

    McCaffrey is in the midst of his longest healthy streak in 3+ years, it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when they will be down to what would’ve been their 4th string RB 2 weeks ago.

  9. haterskryptonite says:
    November 29, 2022 at 9:09 am
    Relax, he’ll be back for the Super Bowl.
    ————————————————————————
    100%. He and Jed will be eating chicken nuggets and tater tots while watching it from the Shanahan’s couch in Clara.

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