San Francisco 49ers Suffer a Big Blow as RB Raheem Mostert Gets Sidelined With Season-Long Knee Injury

Published 09/15/2021, 11:33 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) puts a stiff arm to the helmet of Detroit Lions defensive back Will Harris (25) in the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports


San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert called off his season after suffering a knee injury against Detroit Lions on Sunday. Initially, Head Coach Kyle Shanahan believed that he would return in about 8 weeks’ time. However, what was hoped to be a minor arthroscopic surgery has instead shattered the hopes of the running back to play the season all along.

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Raheem Mostert expresses himself on Twitter

Raheem Mostert took to Twitter to announce, “This gives me, without a doubt in my mind, the best possibility at coming back 110%. I have ALWAYS come back stronger and I will this time too! I have faith in myself, my doctors, my support system, my team, and God,”

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Due to the now season-long absence of the 29-year-old, 49ers signed in running back Kerryon Johnson to the practice squad. Fortunately, the spot looks well backed up by rookies Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon along with second-year pro JaMycal Hasty.

Monday’s injury report given by Kyle Shanahan pointed out a “chipped cartilage” in the knee that would require arthroscopic surgery. After hours of consultation with multitudes of doctors and physios, he came to the conclusion of going through a future-proof road to recovery, which would take a much longer time than what was expected.

A threat to his 3-year contract with 49ers?

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However, this suffocates his 3-year long contract with the 49ers, which will conclude by the end of this season. The $8.65 million deal that he signed in 2019 with the franchise produced fruitful results during the very first season. However, it took a hit after he missed 8 weeks due to knee and ankle sprains. And now his third season has ended well before it even kicked off.

Aug 25, 2020; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan during training camp at SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: San Francisco 49ers/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network

Even though they have a series of players backing up the spot with their own skillsets, it is no wonder that the 49ers cannot produce a like-for-like player replacing him. Mitchell will step in for Mostert, with Hasty and Sermon coming in for second and third in the rotation, respectively.

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The 49ers are looking forward to testing their running backs against the upcoming game against the Eagles. On the contrary, Mostert is taking a safe route to recovery as he prepares to be back even stronger for his 2022 debut.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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