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Trey Sermon cleared from concussion protocol, ‘looks like he’s going to have opportunities’ Sunday

We break down the news that Trey Sermon is listed as limited with a head injury.

Trey Sermon #28 of the San Francisco 49ers on the ground after getting hit during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

Friday pm update: Sermon was back at practice on Friday and no longer wearing the team’s blue non-contact jersey, per David Lombardi. That indicates he is making progress in the concussion protocol and on track to play on Sunday. UPDATE: Sermon has been removed from the final injury report, indicating he has cleared the concussion protocol.

Friday am update: The 49ers are not back at practice, but GM John Lynch said that running back Elijah Mitchell is looking “very questionable” for Sunday’s game. He did not have an update on Trey Sermon’s status other than to say it “looks like he’s going to have opportunities” if he is cleared through the concussion protocol.

Thursday update: Sermon was limited once again on Thursday. He would seem to be on track to clear the concussion protocol, but that would likely not formally happen until Saturday. And that’s assuming he does not have any concussion symptoms before kickoff on Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers backfield is a mess heading into Week 3 due to numerous injuries. The team returned to practice on Wednesday to begin preparations to face the Green Bay Packers and were without Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty. Additionally, rookie running back Trey Sermon was limited and listed as being in the concussion protocol.

Sermon made his debut in Week 2 and on his first touch he took an illegal shot to the head. He carried the ball eight yards and was tackled by K’Von Wallace, who also hit him in the head with a shot that was called unnecessary roughness. Sermon left the game after the one play.

Fantasy football implications

Sermon came into the season with high expectations as a complement to Raheem Mostert. He was inactive in Week 1 and did not get any work in Week 2 until that fourth down run. His fantasy value is just about zero for the time being, even if he plays this Sunday. Being listed as limited instead of a DNP is a good sign he’ll clear the protocol.

The 49ers hope to have Mitchell on Sunday, while Hasty is viewed as week-to-week. Last week, the team claimed Trenton Cannon off waivers and signed Kerryon Johnson to the practice squad. On Wednesday, the team signed Chris Thompson to the practice squad. They aren’t certain, and so we’re seeing a whole host of bodies. Mitchell holds the most fantasy value if he is available this Sunday.