Jerick McKinnon Injury Updates

Niners RB Raheem Mostert sustained a high-ankle sprain in Sunday night's win over the Rams and is headed to IR, according to Grant Cohn of That means he'll miss at least 3 games. We'll see beyond that. Jerick McKinnon is the guy we know will be involved in replacing Mostert for Sunday's game at New England. He garnered just 8 touches for 28 total yards against the Rams, though. Jeff Wilson missed Week 6 with a calf injury he suffered during the practice week. That left rookie JaMycal Hasty working in his place against the Rams. Tevin Coleman is eligible to come off IR for Week 7, but we don't yet know whether his sprained knee will be ready. We'll see how this backfield picture develops through the week.

Update: HC Kyle Shanahan says Mostert will "most likely" be placed on IR. So it's apparently not definite just yet.

Niners RB Raheem Mostert left Sunday night's game against the Rams with a left ankle injury. The team ruled him out for the rest of the game, which isn't great news for his Week 7 outlook. We'll watch for further updates on his status. If Mostert misses further time, Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson would step back to prominence. Tevin Coleman should also be nearing a return from the knee sprain that has kept him from playing since Week 2.

49ers RB Raheem Mostert suffered a knee injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Jets and is done for the day. That leaves San Francisco with RBs Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon.

NBC Sports' Matt Maiocco believes Jerick McKinnon is in line to be the 49ers' passing-down back in 2020. "McKinnon gives the 49ers something they previously lacked: A legitimate route-runner and third-down option out of the backfield," Maiocco writes. "If he’s healthy, McKinnon will have a spot on the team." Injuries have prevented McKinnon from playing a single game for the 49ers since they signed him ahead of the 2018 campaign. But San Francisco restructured his deal this offseason and evidently still has plans for him. McKinnon caught 94 balls over his final 2 seasons in Minnesota. Maiocco adds that Matt Breida is the 49ers RB most likely to be off the roster come Week 1.

49ers GM John Lynch suggested in a Wednesday radio interview that RB Jerick McKinnon suffered another setback in his return from last year's torn ACL. "It’s a real bummer," Lynch said. "He keeps getting to the final step. We did it a month ago and he kinda regressed and yesterday we had a similar situation." McKinnon is basically a full year removed from his injury and still can't string together multiple practices without trouble. He won't be an early-season fantasy factor and, at this point, is only worth rostering in the deepest of redraft leagues.

Niners HC Kyle Shanahan said this week that RB Jerick McKinnon and LB Kwon Alexander have a "very good chance" of being on the field for the start of training camp. Each guy is coming off an ACL repair. McKinnon suffered his injury in August. He'll return to find a backfield that added Tevin Coleman and returns Matt Breida. McKinnon's touch outlook has obviously changed quite a bit from last summer. he still makes for a risky selection late in the single-digit rounds of current best-ball fantasy football drafts. Alexander is expected to start after signing a big free-agent contract. He should play full time and remain a solid IDP option, as long as the knee's good.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan confirmed from the Combine on Wednesday that Jerick McKinnon remains his lead back. Matt Breida impressed with 5.3 yards per carry and 9.7 yards per catch last year, despite battling injuries. But the 'Niners paid McKinnon $18 million guaranteed last offseason and owe him another $3.7 million this year. Shanahan said that McKinnon's recovery from last September's torn ACL is "on track." He remains mostly unproven as a lead back, but his athleticism and an improving San Francisco offense give him intriguing upside. McKinnon's ADP is sitting in the early 5th round as the 24th RB off the board in February FFPC drafts.

ESPN reports that 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon suffered a knee injury on the final play of Saturday's practice that the team fears may be serious. We'll be watching for further updates, but hold off on drafting McKinnon at all for now. Matt Breida and Alfred Morris, meanwhile, gain intrigue in the middle to late rounds of current fantasy football drafts.

The 49ers have signed RB Alfred Morris. He'll provide some insurance after recent injuries to RBs Jerick McKinnon (calf) and Matt Breida (shoulder). Morris has experience in HC Kyle Shanahan's offense after spending his first 2 NFL seasons in it with the Redskins.

49ers RB Jerick McKinnon underwent an MRI on his right knee after going down in practice on Sunday. Good news, though: A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that McKinnon's only dealing with a muscle strain. He's likely to miss practice time -- and perhaps some preseason action -- but the former Viking should be ready for Week 1.

Update: ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports that it's a calf strain.

Vikings RB Matt Asiata was added to Friday’s injury report with an ankle issue. He’s also dealing with an illness, according to the Vikings’ official site. Asiata didn’t practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Colts. His absence would be a big boost to RB Jerick McKinnon.

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon suffered an ankle injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's loss at Philadelphia that sidelined him temporarily. Then he aggravated it at the end of the 3rd quarter and sat out the rest of the game. That included just 1 more series, with Minnesota trailing by double digits. The St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that McKinnon's optimistic about his chances for playing in Week 8, and the Monday night kickoff will give him an extra day of rest. At the same time, he's averaging 3.2 yards per carry on the season. So McKinnon might be best left on your fantasy bench for Week 8 even if he's active. We'll track his status this week. RB Matt Asiata makes sense as a waiver option in deeper leagues.

Vikings insider Master Tesfatsion believes RB Jerick McKinnon's role this season will be as an "occasional 3rd-down back."  Doesn't sound like he'll be seeing a whole lot of action.  Vensel confirms that RB Adrian Peterson is set to receive the "majority" of the carries.  McKinnon will need an AP injury to be a reliable fantasy play in 2015.  The freak athlete is still worth stashing in all keeper and dynasty leagues.

The Vikings have placed RB Jerick McKinnon (back) on IR.  We don't know much about his back injury, but we haven't heard anything to suggest that it'll be a factor in 2015.  A raw 3rd-round rookie, McKinnon turned in an encouraging debut season.  He averaged 4.8 yards per carry and improved in the passing game throughout the year.  With Adrian Peterson's Vikings career on the ropes, McKinnon has a good shot to enter 2015 as the team's starting RB.  He's a nice "buy low" in dynasty leagues.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child in North Montgomery County, Texas.  The charges apparently relate to disciplinary action Peterson took against his son.  It's unclear how the news will impact Peterson's 2014 status.  We do know that he was at practice on Friday.  The Vikings have said they will determine his Week 2 playing status soon.  RB Matt Asiata sits behind Peterson on the depth chart but is a fringe NFL talent and wouldn't carry much fantasy upside.  RB Jerick McKinnon is the more intriguing stash.  The raw but uber-talented rookie needs to prove reliable in pass protection but could emerge as a fantasy factor if Peterson misses time.


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