The San Francisco 49ers need to add depth at the running back position. Starter Elijah Mitchell suffered a knee injury in the team's season opener and will be placed on the injured reserve. Fortunately, help is on the way.
The 49ers are reportedly signing a veteran running back to their practice squad. That player is 26-year-old Marlon Mack. He joins a running back room that features Jeff Wilson Sr., Jordan Mason, Tyrion Davis-Price and Elijah Mitchell, who's now on the injured reserve with a knee injury.
Kyle Shanahan will no doubt hold an audition this week in practice to see who the 49ers should play in the running back rotation this Sunday.
"49ers are signing former Texans’ RB Marlon Mack to their practice squad, per source," said ESPN's Adam Schefter.
In five NFL seasons, Marlon Mack has carried the rock 567 times for 2,484 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has the experience and talent to make an impact for the 49ers the rest of this season. But it's a crowded running back room in the Bay Area.
The 49ers, meanwhile, began the 2022 season with an ugly loss to the Chicago Bears. To be fair, the two teams practically played in a monsoon. But still, it wasn't the best start from Trey Lance and Co.
San Francisco will try and get in the win column this Sunday vs. the Seattle Seahawks.