San Francisco 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell out for two months due to sprained MCL

San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell is expected to be sidelined for about two months with the sprained MCL he sustained Sunday, ESPN league sources told ESPN.

Mitchell left the game just before halftime and did not return for the Niners’ 19-10 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Mitchell was injured, though his last snap before the injury was receiver Deebo Samuel’s 6-yard touchdown run with 10:11 left in the top half. Mitchell blocked on the outside for Samuel during the game and it looked like a Bears defender rolled into the back of his legs.

Mitchell had six passes for 41 yards before exiting. Going into his second NFL season, Mitchell has dealt with numerous injuries, including a hamstring problem that kept him out of the preseason. In 2021, he set a franchise rookie rushing record with 963 yards, adding five touchdowns despite missing six games with multiple injuries (ribs, knee, finger, shoulder and concussion).

With Mitchell out, Jeff Wilson Jr. in the primary running back role with rookie Jordan Mason as backup. Wilson finished with nine carries for 22 yards and Samuel carried eight times for 52 yards, although quarterback Trey Lance led the Niners in rush attempts (13) and yards (54).

Tyrion Davis-Price, a third-round draft pick from LSU, was inactive pregame but is also on the 53-man roster.

This report uses information from ESPN’s Nick Wagoner.

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