Elijah Mitchell got his big chance in the 49ers’ opener last week in Detroit because of a knee injury to Raheem Mostert.
On Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia, fellow 49ers rookie Trey Sermon received his first carry of the season in part because Mitchell picked up a shoulder injury of his own that kept him out for a few plays in the fourth quarter. After Mitchell was injured, JaMycal Hasty took over on the ground, but he fumbled a toss play, leading the 49ers’ coaching staff to insert Sermon into the game.
Sermon himself was hurt on his first touch, when he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Eagles safety K’Von Wallace. He fumbled the ball, which was picked up by Eagles cornerback Darius Slay, but a penalty on Wallace for the hit negated the play and gave the ball back to San Francisco.
Sermon stayed down on the ground after the hit and was evaluated by the training staff before walking into the medical tent and eventually making his way toward the 49ers’ locker room.
Hasty picked up an ankle injury on the play when he fumbled, so all of the 49ers’ active running backs except for new signee Trenton Cannon are dealing with some sort of injury, all coming in the fourth quarter. Mitchell’s shoulder issue appeared to come on a play early in the quarter that was initially ruled a touchdown but reversed after review. He later returned to the game after the injuries to Sermon and Hasty.
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Author: Michael Nowels