49 players lose full-back Elijah Mitchell in the opening match

SANTA CLARA, CA (AFP) – The San Francisco 49ers lost more than one game in a sloppy season opener in Chicago.

The Niners lost start running back Elijah Mitchell to a knee injury in a 19-10 loss to the Bears on Sunday. Mitchell is expected to be out of action for about two months.

“He was very frustrated,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday. “For obvious reasons it was frustrating for him. Elijah had gone through a lot last year. He’s well documented, the injuries he’s had. He’s worked hard on this off season. He was really comfortable playing that game. I thought he was looking really good before he got injured. “.

This marked the second consecutive season when 49 players lost their lead due to a knee injury in the season opener. Raheem Mostert suffered a season-ending injury in the first week of last year, which led to Mitchell becoming the main linebacker as a rookie when he became the fifth different player to lead the San Francisco dash in five years under Shanahan.

Mitchell had a 963-yard rush at 4.7 yards per carry last year, despite dealing with a string of hits. He was excited to be healthy this season but only lasted for one match.

Jeff Wilson Jr., the 2020 Rush Leader, will carry a heavy load with Mitchell. Rookie Tyrion Davis-Price, a healthy Sunday scratcher, should also be in the mix, along with uncut newbie Jordan Mason.

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