After only four snaps, Raheem Mostert’s 2021 campaign is gone.
Following an injury early in Sunday’s 41-33 win in Detroit, the San Francisco 49ers running back stated Tuesday that he has decided to have season-ending surgery. The acquisition was later announced by the team as well.
The decision to have surgery takes longer than trying to rehab, but it is certainly better for Mostert in the long run, as he is due to become a free agency in 2022.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Mostert will have cartilage repair surgery and will be out for around six months.
Brett Tessler, Mostert’s agent, told Pelissero: “We chose the best course of action for his long-term health. We expect him to be 100 percent ready for next season.”
It’s a cruel conclusion to a promising season for Mostert, who was expected to take over as the starting running back for the Niners. In his only two carries of the season, the running back ran for 20 yards. Unfortunately, after suffering a knee injury, the 29-year-old will not see any more play this season. Due to injury, he only participated in eight games in 2020.
With Mostert out, the Niners turned to rookie Elijah Mitchell, who rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 19 runs (5.5 YPC). JaMycal Hasty filled in as a backup, carrying once for a 3-yard touchdown and receiving one pass for 15 yards.
Mitchell is expected to be the starting running back under Kyle Shanahan’s run-friendly scheme. Because of Mostert’s injury, rookie Trey Sermon, who was inactive on Sunday, is expected to return to the lineup. Starting in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the third-round rookie should get an opportunity to cut into the workload.
The 49ers have also added running back Kerryon Johnson to their practice squad, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The team later announced the change.