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San Francisco 49ers Running Back Elijah Mitchell Gets Crushing Injury News

49ers running back Elijah Mitchell

Led by an offensive overflowing with weapons, the San Francisco 49ers have been one of the hottest teams in the NFL in recent weeks.

Unfortunately, the 49ers lost one of those weapons during a win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. They might be without him for the rest of the season.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Monday that running back Elijah Mitchell will be sidelined six to eight weeks due to an injury to his knee, according to Matt Barrows of the Athletic. Mitchell already missed seven games this season due to a different knee injury.

"49ers hoped to avoid a long-term knee injury with Elijah Mitchell," Barrow tweeted.
"They didn't. Mitchell is expected to miss 6-8 week, per Kyle Shanahan. Meanwhile, the 49ers will manage Christian McCaffrey's "knee irritation" during the week."

Making matters worse for the 49ers, their other running back, Christian McCaffrey, is also dealing with knee pain. It's not yet known whether McCaffrey will miss any time due to what Shanahan termed "knee irritation."

Injuries have plagued Mitchell ever since he came into the NFL last season. Assuming he misses the remainder of the regular season (the 49ers have seven games remaining), Mitchell will have sat out 19 regular season contests while playing only 15.

While the 49ers made waves when they acquired McCaffrey in a trade from the Carolina Panthers earlier this season, they've shown a willingness to keep Mitchell involved in the offense. The Louisiana product received 33 carries across the team's past three games. When healthy, he's been effective, averaging 5.6 yards per attempt on the year.

The 49ers suddenly find themselves thin at running back behind McCaffrey. The team traded Jeff Wilson Jr. to the Dolphins shortly after landing McCaffrey.

If both McCaffrey and Mitchell are sidelined, Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price would likely split snaps at running back. Shanahan could also opt to line up wide receiver Deebo Samuel in the backfield more often, something he's done quite a bit of the past two seasons. 

Hopefully Mitchell is able to recover in time to rejoin his team for a playoff run.