Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon's right knee "was not feeling good after working the past 2 days" and that "he'll be shut down for a while." That doesn't sound good for a guy who missed the whole set of offseason workouts and the start of camp in his return from last year's ACL tear. McKinnon figures to at least open the season behind Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida. He might also be in danger of starting the year on IR. (San Francisco can't put him on the regular-season PUP after activating him from the camp PUP this week.) McKinnon's situation has produced some movement in our RB rankings.
Update: HC Kyle Shanahan said after Thursday's practice that McKinnon will receive a platelet rich plasma injection in his troublesome knee and "could" be back in 2 weeks. The goal, Shanny said, is for McKinnon to be ready for Week 1. We'll see.
49ers RB Jerick McKinnon has been activated from the PUP list. He's now a little more than 11 months removed from his torn ACL. NBC Sports' Matt Maiocco suggested that McKinnon might still be limited to walkthroughs for now, but he's at least moving in the right direction. His ADP has sunk into the 12th round in best balls on DRAFT over the past week.
49ers RB Jerick McKinnon will start training camp on the PUP list. Per team insider Matt Maiocco, McKinnon had a recent “flare-up” in his knee. The 27-year-old isn't expected to be out long, but any absence is extra concerning after last year's torn ACL.
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.
The 49ers' fears have been realized. RB Jerick McKinnon suffered an ACL tear in Saturday's practice and will miss the season. That leaves his expected touches available for Matt Breida and Alfred Morris. The team this week released RBs Joe Williams and Jeremy McNichols. We'd bet on San Francisco adding to the backfield, but Breida and Morris carry much more value in fantasy football drafts over the coming week.
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