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Elijah Mitchell placed on injured reserve due to MCL sprain

We break down news that Elijah Mitchell has a knee injury What it means for Week 2 and beyond.

Elijah Mitchell #25 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes for a first down in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 11, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

Update: Mitchell has been placed on injured reserve, per Adam Schefter. So that lines up with the timeline of two months we were given on Mitchell from previous reports. With Mitchell sidelined, the 49ers will roll with Jeff Wilson Jr., Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price at running back.

Update: Mitchell will miss around two months due to a sprained MCL, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The San Francisco 49ers will be without their starting running back Elijah Mitchell after he injured his knee in their Week 1 matchup with the Chicago Bears. Mitchell’s injury should keep him out “a few weeks or more,” per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Mitchell’s injury history is a concern, as he has had trouble staying on the field, but when he’s out there, there has been no concern with his offensive production. Against the Bears he ran the ball six times for 61 yards.

Fantasy football implications

Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers are used to injuries at the running back position. This time around it looks like Jeff Wilson Jr. is the next back up, and should take over the lead role. Rookie’s Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price will likely be vying for touches behind Wilson.

The 49ers get the Seahawks and their poor defense next week, so Wilson could be useful sooner than later.