Christian McCaffrey: Calf is nothing bad

NFL: JAN 22 NFC Divisional Playoffs - Cowboys at 49ers
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49ers running back Christian McCaffrey scored a touchdown on a two-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter on Sunday, but Elijah Mitchell got most of the work out of the backfield for the rest of the 19-12 win.

Mitchell carried the ball 11 times as the 49ers tried to grind down the clock and book a trip to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship Game. McCaffrey could be seen working on his right calf over the final minutes of the game and he said after the win that he did not expect it to be an issue as the team moves forward to their matchup with the Eagles.

“I was fighting but made it through, made it through great. [The calf] is nothing bad. All good,” McCaffrey said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.

McCaffrey had 10 carries for 35 yards and six catches for 22 yards on Sunday. Mitchell had 51 yards on 14 carries.

2 responses to “Christian McCaffrey: Calf is nothing bad

  1. I have a feeling they were resting him for next week. McCaffrey will be used like a battering ram next week against the Eagles. This game will be one of the most physical games in the past 2-3 years.

  2. 3.5 YPR and 3.67 YPC is abysmal for him. So either Dallas had an extremely well planned defense against him, forcing the niners to use Mitchell more, or he is hurt. Now that would mean you took your best player off the field in a less than 7 point game that could’ve ended your season. He’s hurt, and it may not keep him from playing next week, but it’s clearly significant.

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