Player injuries could weaken the San Francisco 49ers this regular season; at least on the offensive side. Running back Jerick McKinnon has been placed on injury reserve after suffering a torn ACL a few days ago while in practice. Head coach Kyle Shanahan is not pleased at all after he selected McKinnon as the perfect running back for the team in the off-season. This back received a four-year contract deal worth $30 million with the 49ers. This injury has therefore devastated the coaches and the team. This back came from Minnesota and despite his dismal performance with the Vikings, the 49ers had great hope in him this season.
McKinnon is unlikely to make a full recovery before the end of this season. This means that the 2018 season will continue without action on his part. The 49ers were banking on this player to seal their offensive side. The player is not a huge name but his prowess had the power to keep San Francisco competitive as they seek to conquer the NFC West.
Other running backs for the team
On their 53 man roster, the 49ers have three more running backs. They include Raheem Mostert, Alfred Morris and Matt Breida. Breida is set to be the starter but will probably get some help from Morris. Breida was a rookie in 2017 where he managed 105 carries, for 465 yards and a total of two touchdowns. His receptions totaled 36 for 180 yards and a touchdown. When it comes to Morris, he has proven his worth at times. This 29 year old began his career in Washington. When coach Shanahan was an offensive coordinator, Morris managed 1,613 yards for 13 touchdowns. Last season, this player also impressed with the Dallas Cowboys.
At the beginning of the third preseason game, the 49ers signed Morris where he carried the ball 17 times reaching 84 yards against the Colts. His debut performance was certainly satisfactory. Also, he featured in the final game of the preseason but did not record much playing time. When it comes to Mostert, the third 49ers running back, the 26 years old only managed six rushing attempts last season for 30 yards. In the 2017 season, he was still playing for San Francisco. With all the above 49ers running back facts, it is easy to note that there is no match for McKinnon.
Mckinnon was definitely what head coach Shanahan could have termed as ideal for the team. The player is not just fast but he is incredibly versatile as well. He is known for the passing game and this season, San Francisco is set to miss out big. Breida will need to do so much more if he is going to pick up the slack. Keep in mind that Breida was fresh from a shoulder injury in the preseason. As the face of the 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo is also set to suffer with the absence of McKinnon. The quarterback has been preparing for his first regular season action with an offense that fit the bill. Even though this is a set back, people are expecting more from Garoppolo. Now, the team and the fans can only hope that this weak point will not break. The running backs can also step up to save the 49ers offense in a big way.
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