Friday update: Mitchell is officially questionable to return from his knee injury against the Texans and appears to be trending in the right direction.
#49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) is listed as questionable but Kyle Shanahan said Mitchell had his best day on Thursday and didn't feel worse for the wear today. Seems to be trending toward being available and playing Sunday, though that will depend on next couple of days.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) December 31, 2021
Thursday update: Mitchell got in a limited practice once again on Thursday. He seems to be trending in the right direction to play, but Friday will give us more information.
Wednesday update: Mitchell will return to practice on Wednesday, per Jennifer Lee Chan. This is a good start for his Week 17 eligibility.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Monday that rookie running back Elijah Mitchell has a chance to play on Sunday against the Texans, per Keiana Martin. Mitchell did not play last week against the Tennessee Titans because of a knee injury.
Fantasy football implications
The rookie running back has missed the last three weeks with an injury, which has led to Jeff Wilson Jr. and wide receiver Deebo Samuel getting snaps in the backfield for San Francisco. In Thursday night’s loss to the Titans, Wilson had 45 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown, along with three receptions (three targets) for 12 yards.
As for Samuel, he had 32 yards on five cards and saw his five-game streak with a rushing touchdown snapped. The Niners would love to get Mitchell back on the football as they’re pushing towards a playoff berth. This season, the 5-foot-10 running back posted 759 yards on 165 carries and five touchdowns.