49ers GM John Lynch Updates Playing Chances of RB Elijah Mitchell

Elijah Mitchell

Getty Elijah Mitchell receives a handoff during the Week 2 win at Philadelphia.

It could be Jeff Wilson and JaMycal Hasty as the lead running backs for the San Francisco 49ers down in Jacksonville in Week 11, as general manager John Lynch revealed the latest update involving injured running back Elijah Mitchell.

Lynch told Brian Murphy of KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area on the morning of Friday, November 19, to share that the rookie running back is officially a game-time decision for the Jaguars game.

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Lynch didn’t just explain Mitchell’s Sunday status, but the severity of his finger injury.

“We will see. He had type of break they thought he could function,” Lynch told Murphy. “But surgery might have been different than we anticipated. Pain tolerance is not an issue, but he has to be able to function. We will take it till game time”

Now, as of 12:25 p.m. PT, Mitchell has been listed as doubtful.

This officially leaves the 49ers with these four options at RB:


Sixth Rounder Has Had an Injury Pileup

Mitchell has dealt with injuries during his debut NFL season.

The rookie from Louisiana has dealt with a shoulder injury that sidelined him for two games — the injury occurring during the Week 2 road win at Philadelphia.

This month, he’s battled through a ribs injury and, from the Monday Night Football 31-10 rout of the Los Angeles Rams, his latest ailment the finger fracture.


Mitchell Still Lauded for Early Toughness

Despite his early list of medical reports, Mitchell has developed into a nice surprise for the 49ers’ offense, especially a backfield that was already dealing with an injury pileup.

With Raheem Mostert out for the year and Wilson also making his return this week from meniscus surgery, Mitchell has carried the load in seven games and leads the ‘Niners with 560 rushing yards including three 100-yard games.

Mitchell is also in the first percentile in this category via Pro Football Focus Fantasy:

Mitchell’s presence has given the 49ers a much-needed outside zone threat, per The Athletic’s David Lombardi.

Fellow 49ers reporter for The Athletic, Matt Barrows, also pointed this out: Mitchell was not aware of his finger injury while rushing for 27 carries for 91 yards versus L.A.

Following the 21-point trouncing of the Rams, Mitchell’s head coach Kyle Shanahan raved to Bay Area reporters about the early grit Mitchell has displayed this season.

“He’s shown us just in all the aspects, since he’s gotten here, that he’s got what it takes to be an NFL running back in terms of he’s got the talent, the vision, the ability, but I can see the toughness and how hard he runs, but also the toughness of playing through all this stuff,” Shanahan said.

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