The 49ers were dealt a massive blow Saturday as running back Jerick McKinnon tore his ACL in practice and will now miss the rest of the season, according to ESPN.
49ers’ RB Jerick McKinnon did tear his ACL while making a cut on the last play of practice Saturday with nobody around him, per source.
McKinnon now done for the season. Matt Breida and Alfred Morris time.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2018
McKinnon made a cut at practice and went down without being touched.
San Francisco has yet to announce anything definitive, but the team was worried after practice.
“Something with a knee, we’ll find out later,” head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters. “We’re nervous about it, that’s for sure.”
#49ers RB Jerick McKinnon made a cut on the last play of practice, nobody around him and went down. Shanahan says team is concerned about it. “Something with a knee, we’ll find out later. We’re nervous about it, that’s for sure.”
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) September 1, 2018
Shanahan went on to tell reporters they fear McKinnon’s injury may be season ending.
“We hope that we’re wrong,” he said, via NBC Sports.
McKinnon will undergo an MRI so the team can have a better idea of the injury.
San Francisco signed McKinnon to a four-year, $36.9 million deal this offseason. The team was comfortable letting an established running back in Carlos Hyde leave the team himself because they had big plans for McKinnon.
At this point, those plans are on hold.
McKinnon rushed for 570 yards and three touchdowns while hauling in 51 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings last season.
McKinnon’s injury will also impact a high number of fantasy owners. He is being drafted in the top four rounds of most drafts from Yahoo to ESPN.