The 49ers’ rushing leader is likely to be out, and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ matchup at TIAA Banks Field this morning at 10 a.m.
Eliza Mitchell’s finger surgery five days ago made it impossible that the 49ers’ rookie would be fit today, and that’s exactly what will happen, ESPN’s Adam Schaffter reported 30 minutes before the official inactive list was due.
Jaguar chief Rush will play James Robinson, Shafter reported. Robinson entered as a suspect with knee and heel injuries.
Mitchell is expected to be replaced in the lineup by Jeff Wilson Jr., who is making his first start of the season and second appearance after returning from May knee surgery. Rookie Tre Sermon endorses Wilson for his first possible carry in five games.
Preach started the 49ers’ Weeks 3 and 4 defeats to Green Bay and Seattle, while Mitchell was out with a shoulder injury. Apart from those starts there were only two other carroms this season.
Mitchell played through his second-quarter finger injury Monday night and ended with a 27 out of 49 upset in a 31-10 upset over the Los Angeles Rams. How the 49ers reiterate that dominance is one of the keys to the game.
Robinson’s heel injury kept him out of a Jacksonville victory two weeks earlier due to the Buffalo Bills upset at home. Robinson averages 5.39 yards per carry (100 carries, six touchdowns).
Saturday’s activation of Jakiwski Tart from injured reserve presents an interesting dynamic in the secondary. Rookie Talanoa Hufanga played so well in the last game in place of Tart – not so much against Arizona a week ago – that the 49ers have said they want to deploy them both with the introduction of free security Jimmy Ward.
Ward is coming off his most productive outing in his eight-year career, with two interceptions in the opening two series against the Rams on Monday. His ability to play man coverage on the third down could tempt the 49ers to bring them closer to the line of scrimmage and keep the tart deep with Hufanga roaming around as a potential playmaker.
Why not Greenlaw?
The 49ers did not activate linebacker Dre Greenlaw, despite resuming practice last week. Why not? Two reasons spring to mind. One, Greenlaw has only done three drills on his surgically repaired adductor (groin), as the 49ers had already delayed opening that practice window twice as a precaution. Second, Aziz Al-Shayer played his best game on a weaker side linebacker in place of Greenlaw on Monday night, never mind that it came after Al-Shayer’s worst game last week against Arizona.
Defensive coordinator Demeko Ryan said of Greenlaw on Thursday, without indicating an immediate return to the lineup. “It’s nice to see him back around. Nice to see him at meetings. Nice to see him back now. And I hope he keeps moving forward and moving in the right direction.”
Coach Kyle Shanahan said earlier last week that neither Greenlaw nor Tart would automatically return to the starting lineup.
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— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 21, 2021
General Manager John Lynch is making the most of his extended trip to Florida. On Monday night, he will be presented with his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring during halftime of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ home game against the New York Giants. Lynch was inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, and his playing days as a security have placed him in the rings of honor of both the Buccaneers and Denver Broncos.
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— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 21, 2021
Lynch attended Saturday’s Alabama home game against Arkansas to explore possibilities for the upcoming draft. Joining Lynch were Adam Peters, the 49ers’ assistant general manager, and Lynch’s vice president and senior advisor Keena Turner.
Trouble with Trevor?
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick, has fueled “strong debate” within the organization about how best to develop him.
La Canfora wrote, “As things unfolded last week, Lawrence was overwhelmed by the Colts, Indianapolis’ zone-heavy scheme exposing the difficulties that had been present in his offense all season.” “There has been back-and-forth on employees about how much to trust the system Lawrence has run during his wildly successful tenure at Clemson, raising significant concerns about the risks of injury that come with it,” the sources said. happened, the sources said.”
Lawrence is completing 58 percent of his passes (eight touchdowns, nine interceptions. He was just 3-of-14 for 36 yards in the first half of the final defeat at Indianapolis last Sunday.
On Friday, the 49ers refused to run back from Maurice Hurst (calf) on the defensive and JaMycal Hasty (ankle). Linebacker Dakota Allen (shoulder) was the only Jaguars player to be ruled out on Friday.