Christian McCaffrey Injury Update: Can SF Bell Cow Conquer Calf Condition In NFC Championship?

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Christian McCaffrey injury update ahead of NFC Conference Championship Game.
Christian McCaffrey injury update ahead of NFC Conference Championship Game. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan listed running backs Christian McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell as day-to-day with a calf and groin injury, respectively, but both are expected to play against the Philadelphia Eagles during Sunday's NFC Conference Championship Game.

The dynamic McCaffrey (SIC score 85) likely suffered from cramps or a mild right calf strain during the Divisional Round, according to the Pro Football Docs, and will yield more snaps and carries to Mitchell this weekend.

The running back described his ailment simply as “discomfort” and Shanahan called it a “contusion,” but there is no video clearly showing a calf contusion and his sideline treatment signaled a muscular issue.

After the 27-year-old logged 5 carries for just 8 yards in the first 12 plays against the Dallas Cowboys last week, he rushed five times over the last three quarters and ceded 22 plays and 14 rushes to Mitchell

McCaffrey was limited to 57 total yards against the Cowboys, 30 of which came on the game-winning 91-yard touchdown drive. 

The 57 yards were CMC's fewest since Week 12, when McCaffrey was limited by left patellar tendonitis and gained just 49 yards against the New Orleans Saints.

McCaffrey missed 23 games with assorted injuries from 2020-21 but came into this season with a clean bill of health and has played every game so far with 2,073 total yards and 15 touchdowns. 

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