San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert calls off his season after suffering a knee injury against Detroit Lions on Sunday. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan believed him to return in about 8 weeks’ time. Although what was hoped to be a minor arthroscopic surgery will instead shatter the hopes of the running back to play the season all along.
Raheem Mostert expresses himself on Twitter
Raheem Mostert took to Twitter to announce, “This gives me, without a doubt in my mind, the best possibility at coming back 110%. I have ALWAYS come back stronger and I will this time too! I have faith in myself, my doctors, my support system, my team, and God,”
— Raheem Mostert (@RMos_8Ball) September 14, 2021
Due to the now season-long absence of the 29-year-old, 49ers signed in running back Kerryon Johnson to the practice squad. Although the spot looks well backed up by rookies Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon along with second-year pro JaMycal Hasty.
Monday’s injury report given by Kyle Shanahan pointed out a “chipped cartilage” in the knee that would require arthroscopic surgery. Although after hours of consultation with multitudes of doctors and physios, he came to the conclusion of going through a future-proof road to recovery, which would take a much longer time than what was expected.
#49ers RB Raheem Mostert will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, he announced.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 14, 2021
A threat to his 3 year contract with 49ers?
However, this suffocates his 3-year long contract with the 49ers, which will conclude by the end of this season. The $8.65 million deal that he signed in 2019 with the franchise produced fruitful results during the very first season. However, it took a hit after he missed 8 weeks due to knee and ankle sprains. And now his third season has ended well before it even kicked off.
Aug 25, 2020; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan during training camp at SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: San Francisco 49ers/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network
No wonder that the 49ers cannot produce a like for like player replacing him. Although they do have a series of players backing up the spot with their own skillsets. It will be Mitchell to step in for Mostert, with Hasty and Sermon coming in for second and third in the rotation, respectively.
The 49ers are looking forward to testing their running backs against the upcoming game against the Eagles. On the contrary, Mostert takes a safe route to recovery as he prepares to be back even stronger for his 2022 debut.