With Raheem Mostert out for the remainder of the season, the 49ers added running back Kerryon Johnson to their practice squad.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS – Two days and multiple medical consultations after leaving the regular-season debut against the Detroit Lions with a knee injury, San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert’s season is over.
Mostert took to social media Tuesday afternoon to announce that the injury the Niners initially hoped would require minor arthroscopic surgery, in order to have him back in eight weeks, would end his 2021 campaign.RELATED
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“This gives me, hands down, the best chance of going back to 110 percent. I’ve always come back stronger, and will be this time! I have faith in myself, my doctors, my support system, my team, and God, “Mostert said in a statement posted on social media, adding that he felt” shattered “by the decision.
With Mostert out for the rest of the season, the 49ers add running back Kerryon Johnson to their practice squad, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Johnson joins a group of running backs that also includes rookies Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon, and second-year player JaMycal Hasty, all of them on the active roster.
The 29-year-old Mostert suffered the injury during Sunday’s 41-33 win over the Lions. He carried the ball twice for 20 yards on San Francisco’s second possession, but went to the bench immediately after a 9+ yard gain on the second play of the series.
The question remains if Raheem Mostert has played his final game for the 49ers; is in the final year of a three-year, $ 8.65 million deal signed in 2019. Getty Images
On Monday, Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan announced that Mostert would miss approximately eight weeks with “damaged cartilage” in one knee that would require arthroscopy. But, Mostert sought multiple opinions to make sure that when he returns, he can do so in full force. Those additional opinions pointed him in the direction of surgery that will require a longer recovery time.
All of this leads to the question of whether Mostert made his final game for the 49ers. He is in the final year of a three-year, $ 8.65 million deal signed in 2019. He enjoyed a breakout toward the end of the 2019 season, shining brightly in the playoffs and rushing for 220 yards with four touchdowns in the Championship Game. of the NFC against the Green Bay Packers.
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But Mostert was limited to eight games in 2020, while knee and ankle sprains cost him two and six games, respectively. He entered the current season as the undisputed primary running back for the Niners, but the team began planning for the future with the selection of Sermon in the third round, and Mitchell in the sixth, of the 2021 NFL draft.
Mitchell came on for Mostert after the injury. He is expected to get his first shot at the starting job after setting a franchise record for the 49ers in rushing yards (104 on 19 carries) in a debut. Hasty, who ran for a touchdown off Detroit, hopes to be second in the rotation, with Sermon third.
Johnson could be a candidate to be activated to the roster, with the Niners only at 50 players once Mostert and cornerback Jason Verrett (ruptured anterior cruciate ligament) make it to injured reserve this week. Additionally, wide receiver Jalen Hurd arrived at the injured reserve roster Saturday, and the team has yet to sign someone to replace him on the 53-man roster.