Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
The SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 49ers may need some running back depth after losing Elijah Mitchell to an MCL sprain, plus they reportedly considered a veteran.
In accordance with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 49ers signed former Houston Texans running back Marlon Mack with their practice squad on Tuesday.
Mitchell is likely to skip the next 8 weeks, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced on Monday. He suffered the injury in the initial 1 / 2 of Sunday’s 19-10 loss to the Chicago Bears and didn’t go back to the game. It is the second straight year he has injured his knee in the growing season opener.
Mack was signed by the Texans in April, however the team released him in September. He spent the initial five years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted him with a fourth-round pick in 2017.
The 26-year-old appeared in six games in 2021 and rushed for 101 yards without touchdowns. He suffered a torn Achilles in Week hands down the previous season that may have still affected him this past year.
Mack enjoyed the very best season of his career in 2019, rushing for a career-high 1,091 yards in 14 games while adding eight touchdowns on 247 carries. If he’s in a position to remain healthy, he could earn a promotion from San Francisco’s practice squad.
Fifth-year speedster Jeff Wilson Jr. will assume the lead back duties for the 49ers. However, his backups are rookies Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price. Adding a skilled running back like Mack may help enhance the team’s depth.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA will choose its first win of the growing season when it hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.