49ers RB out for a year with knee surgery in preparation
Posted On September 15, 2021
The San Francisco 49ers will again be forced to reconfigure their plans in light of a major long-term injury.
Running back Raheem Mostert announced on Tuesday he would undergo season-ending knee surgery.
After only his second postponement of Sunday’s 41-33 win over the Detroit Lions game, Mostert was sidelined in the 49ers’ second series. He did not return to the game and was replaced by sixth-round rookie Elijah Mitchell, who ran for 104 yards on 19 carries.
Mostert said he believed the operation would give him “the best chance of getting back to 110%.”
“I’m drained,” Mostert said in a message posted on Twitter. “It sucks! This is obviously not what I worked so hard for. I wish more than anything that I could be on the pitch with my brothers !!!
“Thank you or your support in our decision. I AM FAR FROM DONE!”
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Mostert, 29, became a key threat in the 49ers’ race to Super Bowl LIV in the 2019 campaign, leading the team with 772 rushing yards during the season. He suffered a sprained ankle and played just eight games for a 49ers team that suffered injuries to a number of key contributors, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tight end George Kittle and the defensive end Nick Bosa, among others.
Mostert is in the final year of his contract with the 49ers.
Cornerback Jason Verrett will also miss the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament on Sunday, coach Kyle Shanahan has confirmed.
Mitchell could continue in the starring role in the backfield. Third-round pick Trey Sermon was a good scratch on Sunday.
The 49ers will then play for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.