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Christian McCaffrey dealing with knee issue, but not on final Week 14 injury report

We break down the news that Christian McCaffrey is still dealing with a knee injury. What it means for Week 14 and beyond.

Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers fights off the tackle of Kader Kohou #28 of the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Levi’s Stadium on December 04, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Friday update: The 49ers removed McCaffrey from their final injury report, which means he has no injury designation and is good to go for Week 14 vs. the Bucs.

Thursday update: McCaffrey was limited in practice for a second straight day. He remains on track to play on Sunday against the Bucs.

The 49ers returned to practice to open Week 14 and running back Christian McCaffrey is still dealing with a knee injury. He was limited at Wednesday’s first practice of the week.

McCaffrey tweaked the knee two weeks ago and was limited in the second half of the game. Following the game, McCaffrey noted that he dodged a bullet with the injury. He sat out practice last Wednesday, was upgraded to limited on Thursday, and was upgraded again to full on Friday. He was removed from the final injury report and had 25 touches on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Fantasy football implications for Week 14

The fact that McCaffrey was limited on Wednesday rather than a DNP like last week is a strong sign. He’s on track to play this weekend, and with QB Brock Purdy replacing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo in the starting lineup, we can expect a whole lot of McCaffrey. Jordan Mason and Kyle Juszczyk will get work as complements, but McCaffrey will be the go-to guy out of the backfield.