On Thursday night, the San Francisco 49ers shocked the league by acquiring former All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey in a trade. The 49ers returned a second round (2023), third round (2023), fourth round (2023), and fifth round (2024) draught pick in exchange for McCaffrey’s services.
An injured running back carrying that much weight is impressive. However, McCaffrey is currently healthy. Initial reports following the transaction suggested that he would play a little role, preferably in the red zone, in Sunday’s crucial game against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Kyle Shanahan, the head coach of the 49ers, put cold water on that assertion on Friday.
Jennifer Lee Chan, a 49ers beat writer, reports that McCaffrey won’t take part in practise on Friday.
“I’m still unsure of whether we’ll be able to bring him in time for Sunday. He will undoubtedly be here the following Sunday, but for now, I’m kind of taking a wait-and-see attitude.
Elijah Mitchell, the starting running back for the 49ers, had a sprained MCL in Week 1. At least the first few months of the season are lost because of his absence. Jeff Wilson Jr. was left to assume command of the backfield. The 49ers opted to go big and trade for Christian McCaffrey despite playing quite well.
Maybe seeing what the Los Angeles Rams achieved last year convinced them. The Rams gambled heavily, adding a number of excellent veterans like Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr., which paid off with a Super Bowl triumph.
Kyle Shanahan puts the brakes on Christian McCaffrey’s status against the Chiefs, which initially featured on ClutchPoints.