Elijah Mitchell of the San Francisco 49ers sustained a similar injury to his left knee just two weeks after recovering from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. A day after his team’s 13-0 victory over the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan jumped on a press conference call. He gave various game-related updates on injuries.
Backing up Elijah Mitchell’s left knee sustained an MCL sprain(Medial Collateral Ligament sprain. A tear in the ligament on the inside of the knee is referred to as an MCL sprain. Usually, it happens rapidly as a result of a twist or direct impact. It might, nonetheless, gradually get worse over time). The organization initially believed it wasn’t as serious as the MCL sprain in his right knee that forced him to miss seven games in Week 1. He might be out for two to three weeks, according to the 49ers. But that’s not the case.
Elijah Mitchell was hurt on a first-down carry for no gain with 13 minutes and 53 seconds remaining in the third quarter. He admitted getting twisted up during the play but said he didn’t think the injury was as bad as the one he had in Chicago.
Elijah Mitchell had seven carries for 35 yards and two catches for 8 yards at the time of his departure. Christian McCaffrey gained 32 yards on 11 rushes and 17 yards on 4 receptions for a total of 42 yards. Mason’s five attempts for 25 yards at the end of the game helped seal the victory.
McCaffrey’s knee ailment occurred during the game, according to Shanahan, who later added, “Hopefully, Christian will be okay, too.”
Shanahan voiced confidence in Mason and youngster Tyrion Davis-Price, who was a pregame inactive, to fill in if Elijah Mitchell misses a little bit of time as predicted. The trade deadline move that sent Jeff Wilson Jr. to the Miami Dolphins—who also happen to be the Niners’ upcoming opponents—showed how confident they were in that team.
Approximately two minutes after Elijah Mitchell’s injury, the Saints defensive lineman Malcolm Roach hit 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on the lower left leg as Garoppolo shot a pass to receiver Brandon Aiyuk, narrowly sparing the 49ers from losing another member of their backfield.
Garoppolo was clearly in pain and irritated with Roach, who raced to his bench after being called for unnecessary roughness.
Football is involved, but players must be wise and watch out for one another, according to Garoppolo. “That has no place here. I’m well; a little sore, but nothing serious.”
According to Shanahan, Garoppolo appeared to emerge from the game unscathed, but he would undergo a closer examination on Monday morning to be sure his quarterback had not sustained any significant wounds.
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Despite briefly warming up, rookie backup Brock Purdy, Garoppolo continued to play and completed 26 of 37 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown.
On the subject of injuries, starting right guard Spencer Burford hurt his right ankle during the game and had to leave the field wearing a walking boot. The fact that Shanahan claimed it wasn’t a high ankle sprain gave rise to hope that Burford might be able to return quickly. Daniel Brunskill took Burford’s place.
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