McCaffrey had 10 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Niners’ Divisional round win over the Dallas Cowboys — San Francisco’s only touchdown of the game. His snaps were limited late in the game due to the calf injury, resulting in his lowest rushing yardage since November. He also added six receptions for 22 yards in the win while playing through the injury in Sunday’s game. In comparison, he had 136 all-purpose yards and a score in the Wild Card round.
McCaffrey said the injury was “nothing bad.” Running back Elijah Mitchell filled in on several snaps, adding 51 yards on the ground over 14 carries. The Niners are 2.5-point underdogs at DraftKings Sportsbook heading into their game against the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.
Christian McCaffrey injury updates
Friday, Jan. 27 update — McCaffrey returned to practice on Friday, per Matt Barrows. We’ll see if he has an injury designation on the final report, but even if he does, he is playing.
Thursday, Jan. 26 update — McCaffrey won’t practice again on Thursday as he rests his calf injury, per Omar Ruiz. There is still no doubt that he will play.
Chance that Christian McCaffrey does NOT play on Sunday?— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) January 26, 2023
"Zero," he answered.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 update — McCaffrey didn’t practice on Wednesday, but Kyle Shanahan expects him to play on Sunday, per Jennifer Lee Chan.
Monday, Jan. 23 update — McCaffrey has a bruised calf and his injury is considered day-to-day, per Nick Wagoner.
Fantasy football and betting advice
All signs point to McCaffrey being able to play in the NFC Championship game. He should see plenty of work and is a high-upside play in DFS and fantasy.