The San Francisco 49ers won’t run back Elijah Mitchell for at least six weeks.
Mitchell suffered a left knee MCL sprain during their 13-0 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed on Monday. Mitchell will be out for six to eight weeks to recover.
The news comes just weeks after Mitchell returned from an MCL sprain in his right knee. Mitchell lost in the season opener and was out until week 10. Now Mitchell is likely to miss at least the rest of the regular season.
“He’s very disappointed … To be there, he’s upset,” Shanahan said. via David Lombardi of The Athletic.
“He’s really out of luck… Hopefully we can do our job here so that when he gets back we can still play.”
Mitchell fell early in the third quarter on Sunday and said after the game that his knee was sprained during the game, though he didn’t expect it to be as bad as his first knee injury. When he left he had 35 yards on seven carries.
Mitchell, 24, has 224 yards on 40 carries in four games this season, his second most on the team.
Christian McCaffrey, who started the game, had 11 carries for 32 yards in Sunday’s win, which was the team’s fourth in a row. He’s dealing with “an irritated knee,” Shanahan said on Monday, and the 49ers plan to deal with it within the week. They’re going to host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
With Mitchell out and McCaffery down, the team will have to rely on third-team running back Jordan Mason and rookie Tyrion Davis-Price. Davis-Price was inactive against the Saints, and Mason had five carries for 25 yards, a record for a former Georgia Tech runner.
“I think J.P. [Mason] went there and did a great job at the end,” Shanahan said after the game. via ESPN. “They had every person there trying to stop the run and I think you guys saw how stubborn he was and how he ran and was able to keep us on the field and not give us back… Then Ty, we wanted to lift Ty “.