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Elijah Mitchell not spotted at at practice Friday for NFC Championship vs. Eagles

49ers RB has a groin injury and will be on the report heading into the championship round. We break down the potential impact.

Elijah Mitchell of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after a play against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell is day-to-day with a groin issue heading into the NFC Championship game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. RB Christian McCaffrey is also on the injury report with a calf contusion, but head coach Kyle Shanahan has said that he’s expected to play in the game. Mitchell should have a similar situation, but it’s worth noting that both RBs are dealing with injuries heading into the big game.

Mitchell only appeared in five games during the regular season due to sprained knee that held him out since Nov. 27. Mitchell was able to get back toward the end of the regular season and has played in both playoff games for the Niners. He finished with 279 yards on 45 attempts for two TDs during the regular season. So far in two playoff games, Mitchell has 53 yards on 23 carries with two catches for 25 yards.

The 49ers are underdogs on the road against the Eagles in the NFC Championship game, which is at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday on Fox. Of the four remaining teams, the Niners have the worst odds to win the Super Bowl at +330.

Elijah Mitchell injury updates

Friday, Jan. 27 update — The optimism for Mitchell is now waning after he wasn’t spotted at practice on Friday, per Matt Barrows. It appears that he could miss the Championship game.

Thursday, Jan. 26 update — Mitchell once again didn’t practice as he rests his groin injury, but there is still no chance that he won’t play, per David Lombardi.

Wednesday, Jan. 25 update — Mitchell didn’t practice on Wednesday, but Kyle Shanahan expects him to play on Sunday, per Jennifer Lee Chan.

Monday, Jan. 23 update — McCaffrey has a groin injury and is considered day-to-day.

Fantasy football and betting advice

McCaffrey is the lead back, while Mitchell is the backup. Mitchell hasn’t done much on the ground in the playoffs, but he does have a receiving touchdown on his two receptions and 23 carries. He has some DFS Showdown appeal based on touches alone.