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Elijah Mitchell placed on IR, expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to MCL sprain

We break down the news that Elijah Mitchell has a knee injury that could cost him two months. What it means for Week 13 and beyond.

Elijah Mitchell #25 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter of an NFL football game at Levi’s Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Saturday update: The 49ers have placed Mitchell on injured reserve as he’s expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a sprained MCL.

The San Francisco 49ers have lost running back Elijah Mitchell to another sprained MCL. Three weeks after returning from a similar injury on one knee, he suffered the injury again, this time to his other knee. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media on Monday that Mitchell miss six-to-eight weeks with the injury.

Fantasy football implications

If Mitchell misses the lower end of that timeframe, he’ll be able to return for the 2023 NFL Playoffs if the 49ers have qualified. The team could elect to place him on injured reserve as the league changed the rules so a player can return from IR twice in the same season.

For fantasy purposes, Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price will get an opportunity behind Christian McCaffrey. Mason has been the third back while Davis-Price has mostly been inactive. Shanahan has previously said Mason has gotten the work because of his special teams abilities, but with Mitchell out, Davis-Price will get an opportunity.

Mitchell had taken a decent amount of work even with the addition of McCaffrey to the backfield. It’s tough to tell who will claim more work behind him. Mason and Davis-Price aren’t really worth a waiver add outside of the deepest leagues, but if you want to roll the dice on a lottery ticket, they have arguably equal value for the time-being.