The oft-injured San Francisco 49ers backfield may have to deal with another hit, as leading rusher Elijah Mitchell has sustained a broken finger.
Matt Barrows of The Athletic tweeted on Tuesday that Mitchell suffered the injury on Monday and the team doctors “seemed optimistic” that the rookie can practice after “getting a pin in the finger but that hasn’t been determined yet”. Mitchell had a season-high 27 carries during the Niners’ week 10 upset of the Los Angeles Rams in week 10, producing 91 scoreless yards.
Through seven games — including six starts — Mitchell is leading San Francisco in rushing attempts (116) and rushing yards (560), and is tied with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a team-best three rushing touchdowns. The 23-year-old has also caught all nine of his targets for 73 yards.
Starting running back Raheem Mostert recorded just two carries for 20 yards in the Niners’ season-opener before going down with a season-ending knee injury. Rookie Trey Sermon has played seven games and is second on the team with 31 carries for 135 rushing yards, while fourth-year pro Jeff Wilson made his season debut on Monday, rushing 10 times for 28 yards.
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