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When Will Elijah Mitchell Be Back And Return? Injury Update


One of the first major injuries of this NFL season came when 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell went down with a sprained MCL in the Niners’ first game of the season. San Francisco placed Mitchell on injured reserve September 13. Fantasy football owners may now be wondering when will Elijah Mitchell return and be back on the field for the 49ers? Below we will dish out a timetable on Eli Mitchell’s potential return to play.

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When will Elijah Mitchell return and be back with 49ers?

Here we answer the question as to when will Elijah Mitchell return and be back on the field with the 49ers. Mitchell suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee during the 49ers’ 19-10  loss to the Bears at rainy Soldier Field on September 11. The injured 49ers RB is eligible to come off of IR ahead of San Francisco’s October 16 Week 6 game at Atlanta but he is expected to remain out several weeks after that. The timetable on Mitchell’s return around the time of the injury was 8 weeks. Recovery for a Grade 3 MCL sprain, which is what Mitchell is believed to have suffered, is generally two months. Mitchell did not require surgery.

Here is the general timetable for when Mitchell is expected to return from his injury.

  • Week 8 Sunday, October 30: 49ers vs. Rams
  • Week 10 Sunday, November 13: Chargers vs. 49ers
  • Week 11 Monday, November 21: Cardinals vs. 49ers
  • Week 13 Sunday, November 27: Saints vs. 49ers

The 49ers have their bye during Week 9 of the season. San Francisco brass could try to rush Mitchell back for the Week 8 October 30 game at the Rams but that is highly unlikely given the risk of re-injury. A return for that game would only be 49 days since the injury. It is much more likely that the Niners wait until after their bye week to bring Mitchell back. Coming back for the Week 10 game against the Chargers on November 13 would give Eli Mitchell 63 days of recovery. That looks like the most likely game in which we could see Mitchell back on the field for Kyle Shanahan’s club.

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The 49ers had +1600 odds to win the Super Bowl at most sportsbooks the day prior to the start of the season. Following the ugly loss to the Bears and Mitchell’s injury, San Fran was +2200. The 49ers’ Super Bowl odds were right back around +1800, though, at the end of September. Check out live 49ers futures below.

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