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Christian McCaffrey, Elijah Mitchell day to day with injury; expected to play vs. Eagles

1/23/2023 9:50:36 PM
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The 49ers running backs came out of their 19-12 NFC divisional-round win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday a little nicked up, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bayarea reports.

Christian McCaffrey suffered a calf contusion and Elijah Mitchell injured his groin19 in the gritty game that posed challenges for Kyle Shanahan’s ground attack. 

The head coach reported via conference call Monday that both ball carriers are day-to-day and should be available Sunday for the NFC Championship Game facing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 

“We’re expecting to get them all back for Sunday,” Shanahan said. “But we’ll see how it goes through the week with practice and everything. Hopefully, it’ll go well and that’ll get them ready for Sunday.”

The two starting running backs accounted for 24 of the team’s 32 rushing attempts in a slog of a game that offered an average of only 3.5 yards per carry for both teams. Still, the 49ers did enough to advance to the next step in their journey through the postseason. 

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