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The 49ers have added Louisiana RB Elijah Mitchell to their backfield crowd in the 6th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Mitchell sports impressive testing numbers, including a 4.35-second pro day 40, an 83rd-percentile vertical, a 94th-percentile broad jump and a 71st-percentile 3-cone drill. His production for the Ragin’ Cajuns was fine, but a strong O-line certainly helped his 6.2-yard rushing average. Mitchell also spent his whole college career splitting touches basically evenly with limited prospect Trey Ragas. Sophomore Chris Smith tied Mitchell for the backfield lead with 16 receptions in 2020. He'll face even stiffer competition in San Francisco, which returns Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson and JaMycal Hasty, added Wayne Gallman and already drafted Trey Sermon. We didn't like Mitchell as more than a late consideration in rookie drafts heading in. He doesn't look any more attractive now. Mitchell will need to fight for a spot on the 2021 roster.

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49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) is not listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. Mitchell was operating as San Francisco's lead back before the Week 2 shoulder injury. RB Trey Sermon has been decent in his place the last 2 weeks, so it's unclear exactly how work will be divvied in Sunday's game vs. the Cardinals. Our guess is that Mitchell takes back over the lead role, but both he and Sermon look like risk/reward RB3 plays unless we hear more before kickoff.

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) remained limited on Thursday. He was limited in all 3 practices last week before missing the Seahawks game. It looks like the rookie still hasn't been cleared for contact. Check back tomorrow for another update on Mitchell's status for Sunday's game vs. Arizona.

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Seahawks. That should again leave RB Trey Sermon in a lead -- but not featured -- role. The rookie played 59% of San Francisco's offensive snaps and tallied 10 carries and 3 targets last week. We’re projecting similar usage today.

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) will not play vs. the Seahawks today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Mitchell put in 3 limited practices this week but is still dealing with a lot of pain. RB Trey Sermon got just-ok usage with Mitchell out last week, playing 59% of San Francisco's offensive snaps and tallying 10 carries and 3 targets. See where Sermon sits in the updated RB Rankings.

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Seahawks. He was limited in practice all week. Mitchell's availability on Sunday will come down to pain tolerance, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner. Mitchell will be a risk/reward RB3 play if active this weekend. If not, Trey Sermon will again be in play as a RB3 or flex.

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