The San Francisco 49ers drafted running back Elijah Mitchell in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft in hopes that he could give them some depth in the backfield. Unfortunately, the young rookie is set to miss multiple weeks of action after suffering a hip injury prior to the 49ers' first preseason game.
Elijah Mitchell News
Mitchell was notably missing from San Francisco's Saturday night matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs and it is now clear as to why. The 23-year-old has suffered a hip abductor injury and head coach Kyle Shanahan said it would be a few weeks before he gets back on the field again.
This is a big blow to the 49ers backfield. Mitchell was expected to compete for the third or fourth RB position and have a chance to carve out a role on this high-powered offense. The former Louisiana Rajin' Cajun averaged 6.2 yards per carry across four college seasons and racked up a total of 46 touchdowns in 42 games played.
It's going to be tough for Mitchell to make the opening roster if he cannot see any preseason action. The 49ers also have veterans Jamychal Hasty and Wayne Gallman ready to take advantage of any opportunity they can get. They could end up jumping Mitchell on the depth chart in the coming weeks.
For now, the 49ers will keep looking to improve a rushing attack that averaged 118.1 yards on the ground per game last season (No. 15 in NFL).
San Francisco has odds set at +190 to win the NFC West division, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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