Christian McCaffrey out of 49ers practice on Wednesday

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When the 49ers traded for Christian McCaffrey, they looked like they had accumulated some solid depth at running back — so much so that they traded Jeff Wilson to the Dolphins.

Wilson will be back in the Bay Area this weekend when Miami takes on San Francisco. But 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell is dealing with a significant injury and won’t play. And now McCaffrey is also dealing with a knee issue.

McCaffrey won’t practice on Wednesday because of it, head coach Kyle Shanahan said at his press conference. But as of now, McCaffrey is not ruled out for Sunday.

“Just felt something in it, some irritation,” Shanahan said. Asked if it will keep McCaffrey from playing, Shanahan said, “It’s keeping him from going today. So, I hope not.”

McCaffrey played just three games in 2020 and seven games in 2021 for the Panthers, dealing with various injuries. But he’s been healthy for all of 2022 so far.

Since joining the 49ers, McCaffrey has 83 touches for 443 yards with three touchdowns. He’s rushed for 241 yards with two TDs and caught 25 passes for 202 yards with one score.

The 49ers also have rookies Jordan Mason and Ty Davis-Price who could see an increase in playing time in Week 13.

But defensive tackle Arik Armstead could be nearing a return. After he was limited in last Friday’s practice, he’ll be limited once again on Wednesday. He hasn’t played since Week Four with foot and ankle issues.

Receiver Deebo Samuel (quad) will also be listed as limited. Offensive lineman Spencer Burford (ankle) will either be limited or won’t practice.

Mitchell and defensive lineman Charles Omenihu (knee) are the other players not practicing on Wednesday.

10 responses to “Christian McCaffrey out of 49ers practice on Wednesday

  1. True to form, Shanahan and injured RB’s go hand in hand. Also true to form is Lynch showing his incompetence by trading away Wilson and wasting more draft picks on an oft injured CMC. Clara is one of the more incompetently run teams in the league and if it wasn’t for JG serendipitously falling back into their lap after Lance clearly was a bust, this team would be a hot mess. Stay tuned though because it’s coming soon.

  2. Something is in the SF water. No one gets more injuries than the 49ers. Every year seems like. Death, taxes, and 49ers dropping like flies. Although CMC was injury prone before the trade, so they knew they were playing with fire.

  3. With a division title becoming more likely with each week as the other NFC West teams fall apart, it makes little sense putting McCaffrey on the field if he’s got something as serious as a hang nail.
    Playing an extra game or two in December doesn’t matter much if it causes them to miss the ones in January.

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