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49ers Trying Out Three Running Backs After Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon Injuries

Adam Taylor McKillop
The San Francisco 49ers are trying out three running backs after Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon injury updates on Monday.
The San Francisco 49ers are trying out three running backs after Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon injury updates on Monday. / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
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Just two weeks into the 2021 season and the San Francisco 49ers injury report is eerily similar to last season. San Francisco is already without its top two running backs in Raheem Mostert (for the year) and Raheem Wilson.

On Sunday, the injury bug decimated the remaining backs on San Francisco's depth chart. Elijah Mitchell is dealing with a shoulder issue and day-to-day, JaMycal Hasty is out with an ankle sprain and rookie Trey Sermon finds himself in the concussion protocol.

In response, the 49ers were busy on Monday. According to reports, the team worked out a trio of free-agent veteran running backs in T.J. Yeldon, Duke Johnson and Lamar Miller.

Niners Injury Report

Miller is both the most experienced member and successful member of this trio of running backs. He last played for the Chicago Bears in 2020 and has started 89 games throughout his eight year career. The former Miami Dolphin and Houston Texan has recorded 1,000+ rushing yards in two seasons and owns 32 career touchdowns on the ground.

Yeldon is a former second-round pick that last spent time with the Buffalo Bills. In six NFL seasons, Yeldon has recorded 30 career starts with 13 touchdowns. Johnson is a third-round pick from the same draft class, recording 17 career starts and 20 total touchdowns. Of the options, Johnson is best known for his pass-catching ability.

The news of this workout comes on the heels of the 49ers signing another veteran free-agent running back, Kerryon Johnson, prior to Week 2.

It's a disastrous start for San Francisco's running backs and eerily similar to the health problems from 2020. The biggest difference is the win-loss record, which sits at 2-0. Last year, injuries forced San Francisco into a disappointing 6-10 overall finish.

San Francisco still owns the fourth-best odds (+1300) to win Super Bowl 56 on FanDuel Sportsbook.


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