Friday update: Elijah Mitchell is officially questionable with a rib injury for Week 9. Fellow running back Jeff Wilson is close to returning from I.R. and according to beat writer Matt Barrows, Mitchell’s health will help determine if Wilson suits up.
Shanahan said Jeff Wilson "has kind of taken off" in his rehab in recent weeks, says there's a chance the RB faces Cardinals. Elijah Mitchell's rib injury will play a role in whether Wilson is in uniform. https://t.co/KUQV3CIkmc— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 5, 2021
Thursday update: The 49ers have Mitchell back at practice on Thursday, per Matt Barrows. He’s wearing a blue, no-contact jersey for his injured ribs, but this is a step forward from Wednesday’s DNP.
Wednesday update: Mitchell was unable to practice on Wednesday, but the team hopes he’ll be able to practice this week.
Elijah Mitchell (rib) won't practice today. The hope is that he gets *some* practice during the week.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 3, 2021
San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell will be limited in practice this week, per ESPN’s Nick Wagoner. The breakout rookie running back is dealing with a rib injury, so the Niners are going to play it safe ahead of NFC West showdown against the Arizona Cardinals.
Mitchell has really turned it up in back-to-back weeks for San Francisco. He broke off 107 yards off 18 carries and a touchdown in their 30-18 loss to the Colts in Week 7 before running for 137 yards on 18 touches and a touchdown in the 33-22 victory over the Bears on Sunday.
Fantasy football implications
Mitchell will be limited in practice this week and we’ll find out his status for the actually game around Friday. As of now, it’d be safe to assume that he’ll be ready to go and will not see a decrease in touches just because of his injury. Fantasy managers should count on him playing but should also keep tabs on him just in case.