More Injuries for San Francisco 49ers as Mullens and Mostert Ruled Out
The San Francisco 49ers are all over the news today for all the wrong reasons. Per MattMaiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, Nick Mullens has been ruled out with an elbow injury to his throwing arm. In the fourth quarter last week against the Cowboys, Mullens was hit on his follow-through while trying to complete a pass, and he immediately took himself out of the game. C.J. Beathard came in to finish the rest of the game, and he’s now in line to start this week against the Cardinals. San Francisco originally planned to elevate Josh Johnson from their practice squad to backup Beathard, but he’s now been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
One possible option could be Jimmy Garoppolo as his 21-day practice window has now been activated after his return from IR. By rule, the 49ers have 21 days to add Garoppolo to the 53-man roster, but that might not occur before Sunday. Garoppolo hasn’t practiced in more than six weeks, and San Francisco could hit the market in search of a backup for Beathard.
If the news about Mullen and Johnson wasn’t bad enough, running back, Raheem Mostert reinjured the same ankle that forced him to miss time earlier this season. Ian Rapoport reports that this high-ankle sprain could put an end to his season. That should mean more touches in the backfield for Jerick McKinnon, who did not have any carries against last week. Be sure to check out FanDuel to find the latest price tag on Mckinnon as soon as it’s posted.