The 49ers may have to rely on McKinnon heavily in the coming weeks after Jeff Wilson (17 carries, 112 yards and three touchdowns) was carted off the field late in Sunday's 33-6 win over New England with a high-ankle sprain, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The 49ers continue to be dealt blow after blow each week in terms of key players going down to injury, and this week it struck yet another 100-yard rusher in Wilson. It sounds like the fill-in starter will miss multiple weeks, opening the door for McKinnon -- who disappointed in what looked to be his game to shine -- moving forward. Head coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned that he was trying to give McKinnon some rest after being used heavily in recent weeks and also dealing with a rib injury, but it sounds like he's ready to turn back to the veteran as a starter moving forward. Undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty shined in garbage time Sunday (nine carries for 57 yards), and also figures to be in the mix until Raheem Mostert (ankle) returns from injured reserve. Based on Shanahan's comments, we have to assume McKinnon will officially be named the starter for a key division matchup against the Seahawks on Sunday, with Hasty also sharing the workload.
McKinnon is expected to make his third start of the season Sunday against the Patriots, Can Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
McKinnon played 62 and 92 percent of snaps in his previous two starts, averaging 14 carries, six targets, 87 total yards and one touchdown per game. However, he managed only 3.3 yards per carry, and the 49ers mostly leaned on JaMycal Hasty after top back Raheem Mostert (ankle) suffered another injury during last week's 24-16 win over the Rams. There's no doubt McKinnon offers upside, but it isn't clear he'll have the same every-down role that made him so valuable the first time Mostert missed games. There's also some chance Jeff Wilson (calf) is available, considering he's listed as questionable after missing last week's contest.
McKinnon rushed six times for 18 yards and caught two balls for 10 more yards in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Rams.
McKinnon struggled to get anything going for the second week in a row since Raheem Mostert (ankle) returned from injury to reclaim his starting role. The latter suffered yet another injury and had to sit out the second half. It didn't look to be too serious, but there's been no confirmation on whether Mostert will have to miss any time. McKinnon clearly would benefit from becoming the lead back again, as he averaged 13.6 combined touches and 83.6 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown per game over the three contests Mostert missed. If Mostert's removal Sunday proves to be precautionary, then McKinnon's fantasy value will remain low, especially with rookie JaMycal Hasty (21 percent of snaps) emerging as another potential mouth to feed.
McKinnon rushed once for no gain and caught two passes (four targets) for five yards in Sunday's 43-17 loss to Miami.
Raheem Mostert (knee) returned to reclaim his starting job, leaving scraps for McKinnon and the rest of the running back corps in an ugly loss. Jeff Wilson ended up with more carries (four) while playing nearly the same amount of snaps as McKinnon (25 percent), so it appears the latter will serve as the team's third-down back when Mostert is healthy. The 49ers could be playing from behind during a rough stretch of games ahead, so McKinnon could produce in the passing game, but the return of Mostert puts an end to Jet's run of standard-league fantasy value.
McKinnon (ribs) rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown, adding 43 yards on seven receptions (eight targets) in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Eagles.
McKinnon was dealing with a rib contusion stemming from last week's win over the Giants, but it clearly did not limit the tailback. The 28-year-old dominated the backfield touches, receiving 14 of 17 rushing attempts and eight of nine targets. It is unclear whether Raheem Mostert (knee) will be able to return against the Dolphins on Sunday, but if he remains sidelined, McKinnon will be a strong fantasy play as the starter in a soft matchup.
McKinnon (ribs) practiced in full Wednesday, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.
McKinnon emerged from the 49ers' Week 3 victory versus the Giants with a rib contusion, but not before turning 17 touches into 77 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown. With an uncapped practice under his belt, McKinnon is ready to split the backfield reps with Jeff Wilson (15 touches, 69 total yards, two scores Week 3) this Sunday against the Eagles. Considering Raheem Mostert (knee) likely will sit out this weekend, JaMycal Hasty may be the only other contender for touches out of the San Francisco's backfield.
McKinnon has been diagnosed with a rib contusion in the aftermath of Sunday's 36-9 road win against the Giants, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
With Raheem Mostert (knee) inactive and Tevin Coleman (knee) on injured reserve, the 49ers turned to McKinnon as their lead running back Week 3. Receiving 62 percent of the snaps on offense, McKinnon accounted for 17 touches, 77 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown. After the contest, though, it was revealed that he suffered a rib injury, which has been clarified as a bruise and leaves him day-to-day. Per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News, Mostert may be able to practice Wednesday, so there could be new competition for RB reps soon. Aside from McKinnon on Sunday, Jeff Wilson turned 15 touches into 69 yards from scrimmage and two TDs, while practice-squad call-up JaMycal Hasty had three touches for 19 total yards.
McKinnon emerged from Sunday's 36-9 win against the Giants with a rib injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Overall, McKinnon had 14 carries for 38 yards and one touchdown while reeling in three of four targets for 39 yards.
With Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman sidelined with sprained knees, McKinnon got the start at running back for the 49ers, but only one of his 17 touches occurred in the fourth quarter. It appears McKinnon hurt his ribs, which allowed Jeff Wilson to rack up 15 touches, 69 yards from scrimmage and two TDs by game's end. Even practice-squad call-up Jamycal Hasty (three touches for 18 yards) got in on the act. As a result, fantasy managers will need to monitor McKinnon's situation closely this week to get a bearing on his potential to play next Sunday versus the Eagles.
McKinnon is expected to start Sunday's game against the Giants, ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.
As expected, Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman both have been ruled out due to knee sprains. Coleman likely will be out for about a month, while Mostert appears week-to-week. McKinnon and Jeff Wilson are left as the healthy running backs on the active roster, though undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty could be called up from the practice squad at any moment. While his injury history might create some concerns about workload management, McKinnon at least figures to take a decent chunk of the carries and the majority of the passing-down work. He's done well with his limited opportunities so far this season, producing 121 yards and two TDs on only nine touches.
Coach Kyle Shanahan suggested McKinnon will fill in for Raheem Mostert (knee) and Tevin Coleman (knee) during Sunday's game against the Giants, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "I'm very confident in [McKinnon], and he's done a great job in all reps," Shanahan said. "With [Mostert and Coleman] being out, he should get more opportunities. He's excited for it and we're excited to see him."
Shanahan's quote all but confirms Mostert and Coleman will miss the game, leaving McKinnon as the top candidate to lead the San Francisco backfield. However, a starting job doesn't automatically equate to massive usage, as Shanahan has shown a strong preference for using multiple running backs in his game plans. Jeff Wilson could also get some work, especially near the goal line, and JaMycal Hasty may be promoted from the practice squad later this week.
McKinnon appears in line to lead the 49ers' backfield against the Giants on Sunday with both Raheem Mostert (knee) and Tevin Coleman (knee) expected to be sidelined, Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
McKinnon showed off his versatility and explosiveness in limited work against the Jets in Week 2, when he logged three carries for 24 yards in addition to three catches for 20 yards and a score. If he's indeed given a starting workload against the Giants in Week 3, the 28-year-old's skill set would make him a high-ceiling fantasy option in coach Kyle Shanahan's run-friendly scheme. However, it's also possible that the 49ers could cap McKinnon's touches, given that he's coming off back-to-back season-ending knee injuries. Jeff Wilson and JaMycal Hasty (practice squad) may also see backfield work as long as Mostert and Coleman are sidelined, but McKinnon at the very least should be the favorite for high-value touches, making him the likeliest option for fantasy production.
McKinnon rushed three times for 24 yards and caught three passes (five targets) for 20 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Cardinals.
Tevin Coleman (medical concerns) was limited in unhealthy air conditions, so McKinnon was elevated to primary backup behind Raheem Mostert. It was also the 28-year-old's first official game action with the 49ers after signing a big contract in 2018 and going through multiple major knee injuries. McKinnon ripped off a big 16-yard scamper at one point, but his trip to the end zone came on a swing pass out of the backfield. The passing game figures to be where Jet makes his impact when all three backs are a full go, but it was clear that Mostert (19 touches, 151 yards and a touchdown) is the back to own in San Francisco for fantasy purposes heading into a Week 2 matchup against the Jets.
McKinnon could be in line for primary backup duties behind Raheem Mostert if Tevin Coleman (health concern) is held out due to poor air conditions against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Coleman has sickle cell trait, which puts him at increased risk for contracting breathing problems in unhealthy air conditions like the current one in Santa Clara. The air quality index (AQI) sat between 150-200 Friday at Levi's Stadium, which is extremely poor for even a healthy human. Assuming the game doesn't get postponed, McKinnon would stand to benefit the most if Coleman is held out of the contest. Head coach Kyle Shanahan routinely uses a tandem backfield approach, so whichever player backs up Raheem Mostert should see touches in the low double-digits. McKinnon hasn't logged an official snap since signing a big free-agent contract with San Francisco in 2018, but the 28-year-old could flourish in Shanahan's zone-run scheme that utilizes speedy backs who can catch. Expect a final decision on Coleman's status between now and kickoff Sunday.
McKinnon has looked sharp running routes through the first few days of training camp, according to Cam Inman of The Mercury News.
After missing the past two seasons with knee injuries, McKinnon is already earning praise from starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who said the 28-year-old "runs [routes] differently than most running backs" and "has a feel that's like a receiver." Passing downs represent McKinnon's clearest path to a significant Week 1 role, considering Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman combined for only 41 catches last season. The 49ers have used Kyle Juszczyk as the lone back on third downs at times, and while his reliable hands and blocking make the fullback a reasonable choice for that role, he can't come close to matching McKinnon's speed and agility. The team also has Jeff Wilson, JaMycal Hasty and Salvon Ahmed hoping to earn depth roles, so McKinnon could be on the roster bubble if his strong start to camp doesn't hold up.
McKinnon's surgically repaired knee has responded well to strenuous workouts, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
After missing the past two seasons with knee injuries, McKinnon agreed to reduce his 2020 base salary from $6.5 million to $910,000. The new number gives him a much better shot to stick on the 53-man roster, though he will face some competition from Jeff Wilson and undrafted rookies JaMycal Hasty and Salvon Ahmed. Meanwhile, presumed lead back Raheem Mostert has submitted a trade request, apparently frustrated with a lack of progress toward his desired pay raise. The 49ers also have Tevin Coleman in the backfield, while Matt Breida was traded to Miami in April. The team should be able to work things out with Mostert, but if not, McKinnon could open training camp in the second spot on the depth chart.
McKinnon could have a role on third downs this upcoming season, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The San Francisco backfield became a bit less crowded when Matt Breida was traded to Miami on the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are left as the clear favorites for carries, but McKinnon could be the top pick for the third-down role if he can prove he's back at full strength after missing the past two seasons with knee injuries. He accepted a pay cut in April to stay with the 49ers, one month after GM John Lynch declared the veteran running back healthy. The 49ers also have third-year pro Jeff Wilson in the backfield, and their class of undrafted rookies includes Salvon Ahmed and JaMycal Hasty.
The 49ers and McKinnon agreed to a restructured contract for the 2020 season Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Knee woes have wiped out both of the last two seasons for McKinnon, so it's no surprise the 49ers sought to decrease his $6.5 million base salary for 2020. Fortunately for McKinnon, he was deemed healthy by GM John Lynch in late February, so he'll have a chance to work his way up a cluttered RB depth chart. McKinnon joins Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman as incumbents for the upcoming campaign, while Matt Breida is a restricted free agent.
General manager John Lynch said McKinnon (knee) is now healthy and could stay with the 49ers if the two sides reach an agreement on a reworked contract, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Scheduled for a $6.5 million base salary in the third season of a four-year, $30 million contract, McKinnon presumably needs to accept a huge pay cut to have any shot at sticking around in San Francisco. He missed all of 2018 and 2019 with right knee injuries, and he wasn't exactly a world beater in his four seasons with Minnesota from 2014 to 2017. Fellow running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are under contract with the 49ers for the upcoming season, while Matt Breida can become a restricted free agent. Regardless of what happens this offseason, McKinnon is looking at a difficult path back to fantasy relevance.
McKinnon (knee) hopes to stay with the 49ers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. "I'm willing to do whatever," McKinnon said. "The organization knows I want to be a part of this team, so when that time comes there will be a talk between both parties."
Still rehabbing from Sept. 3 surgery, McKinnon missed the entirety of the past two seasons with right knee injuries. He'd presumably need to accept a pay cut to have any shot at sticking with the 49ers for 2020, as he's scheduled for a non-guaranteed $6.5 million base salary in the third season of a four-year, $30 million contract, per overthecap.com. It isn't clear how far along McKinnon is in his rehab process, nor is it clear he'll have a role in the San Francisco offense if he returns to health and accepts a pay cut. Fellow running back Raheem Mostert is under contract through 2021, and Matt Breida's status as a restricted free agent suggests he'll likely be back with the team. Tevin Coleman may end up being a cap casualty, but even then the 49ers would have Jeff Wilson ready to battle for a backup role.
McKinnon (knee) had surgery Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
McKinnon hasn't provided details on the surgery, apart from stating that it doesn't directly involve the torn ACL and damaged meniscus that wiped out his 2018 campaign. He'll now miss another full season on injured reserve, but he hopes to make it back next offseason and stick around with the 49ers. Doing so likely would involve a pay cut from his scheduled $6.5 million base salary for 2020.
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