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Kyle Shanahan ‘sad’ for Elijah Mitchell, confident in 49ers’ backup options

Shanahan sad for Mitchell, remains confident in Wilson Jr. originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Kyle Shanahan feels for running back Elijah Mitchell, who will miss the next two months with a knee injury he sustained in the 19-10 Week 1 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, but the 49ers’ coach remains confident in the team’s backup options.

Fortunately for the 49ers, Shanahan has a history of success with running backs up and down the depth chart and has shown time and time again that he can squeeze every ounce of production out of the position.

After sustaining a knee injury on San Francisco’s one and only touchdown drive in the second quarter of Sunday’s game, Mitchell actually stayed in and played an additional few snaps, even throwing a key block on Deebo Samuel’s touchdown run that gave the 49ers a 7-0 lead at the time.

Despite missing time with multiple injuries in his season-plus with San Francisco, Shanahan has taken note of Mitchell’s toughness.

“He is, you can see it in how he runs, but it was also emotional for him,” Shanahan told Greg Papa on the latest episode of “49ers Gameplan,” which debuted Friday night on NBC Sports Bay Area. “He was ready to go and I think everyone could see that early in the game. If he would have stayed in that game and stayed healthy, I wouldn’t put 200 yards out of the question for him. He was going to have a day and it was real unfortunate for him, he was just hoping that he didn’t get hurt, so he stayed in about five more plays.

“I was sad for him. He’s going to bounce back, it could have been worse. We’re lucky it wasn’t an ACL or anything, but real tough to lose him, everyone knows how good he was last year and I believe he was going to be even better this year, but we gotta make sure when he comes back we’ve got a reason for him to come back and play good for us.”

With Mitchell out for an extended period of time, the 49ers will turn to veteran running back Jeff Wilson Jr. as the primary ball carrier in his…


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