A fourth runner, Brian Hill, was elevated from the practice squad for the game and played 16 snaps on special teams. Hill’s was only a short-term promotion while cornerback Saivion Smith and receiver River Cracraft were signed to the 53-man roster. Perhaps that’s an indication the 49ers feel Elijah Mitchell will be back this week. (Smith, meanwhile, was waived on Monday but, per a league source, the 49ers plan to sign him back to the practice squad after he clears waivers.)
It may be a little bit of a read-between-the-lines situation here, but it's at least a sign of hope for Mitchell owners who may have survived Week 14 and are heading into the playoffs and Week 15. The story also talked about how Mitchell maybe can't be relied on for 25 touches a game based on his injuries, and the story indicated Wilson could steal some touches to limit Mitchell and keep him healthy for the stretch run. If Mitchell can't go, Wilson, who played on a team-high 42 snaps, would likely get the biggest workload in Week 15.
If Wilson is out or truly limited Sunday, JaMycal Hasty will more than likely serve as San Francisco's starter. Elijah Mitchell received a clean MRI this week, but is still bothered by his knee injury.
Hawkins looked to be the team's fourth running back but was likely battling Hill for the RB3 role. It could be a bit of good news for Evans, who was talked about as a back who could see a much bigger role this season. But Evans got hurt in a preseason game and has missed time. If anything, this could at least mean Evans is on the mend and poised to see an RB2 role on the Titans. He's expected to be involved in the passing game.