Trey Sermon had two fewer snaps than he did against Green Bay, but it was clear he was more comfortable and that Shanahan and his assistants trusted him more. Still, the team hasn’t had a true third-down back after JaMycal Hasty went down with a high ankle sprain in Week 2.
For the second straight game, Kyle Juszczyk was the running back of choice on third downs or when the 49ers were in a hurry-up mode. Or the 49ers had a running back split out wide with no one in the backfield in those situations. The last two games have been heavier in three-receiver formations (56 percent of plays) than the first two (32 percent) when the 49ers had their full (or at least fuller) complement of tailbacks.
With Mitchell out with a shoulder injury, Sermon ran 19 times for 89 yards on the day. Meanwhile it was Juszczyk who was targeted four times and had four catches for 41 yards. Sermon was targeted once on the day. There will be some workload and role questions in this backfield when Mitchell is able to play again.
49ers RB JaMycal Hasty (ankle) will miss Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic. He also mentioned Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) has a chance to play.
One 49ers RB down, 43 more to go before we have an idea who plays. Trenton Cannon is the only healthy RB that was on the active roster Week 2. Trey Sermon was limited Wednesday as he recovers from a concussion.
Hasty and Sermon will have a lot of hurdles to clear to play in Week 3 and Mitchell is dealing with a shoulder injury that still has his status up in the air. Even if Mitchell plays, Patrick could be in line for immediate touches. The Niners and Packers play on Sunday night so owners may have to wait this situation out and should have a backup plan.
Hasty will likely miss a few weeks as that's a typical timeframe for high ankle sprains. Nick Wagoner reported it's a shoulder injury for Mitchell who is listed as day-to-day. There is still no update on Sermon who is dealing with a head issue. Adam Schefter reported the team brought in RBs Duke Johnson and Lamar Miller Monday. At this point, it seems like Mitchell has the best shot to play in Week 3 and the team may have to make a move for backups. The 49ers play the Packers on Sunday night so this could be a rough go for fantasy owners waiting out this situation.