Last offseason, the San Francisco 49ers signed Jerick McKinnon to a four-year deal worth $30 million. The hope was that he'd be a key part of their offense, but injuries have derailed his tenure thus far.
McKinnon had a breakout season with the Vikings in 2017, totaling 991 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns. His production on the field clearly caught the eye of the 49ers.
During a team workout in 2018, McKinnon tore his ACL before he could even play for San Francisco. After several months of rehab, it appears his knee injury is still giving him trouble.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the 49ers are expected to place McKinnon on Injured Reserve to start the season.
The reason San Francisco is placing McKinnon on IR is because his surgically repaired knee flared up. He could have a procedure done to fix the lingering issue.
Rapoport added that it's too early to tell if McKinnon will miss all of the season.
Not having Jerick McKinnon for most of the season - if not all of it - does sting for the 49ers. Luckily, they have a backfield loaded with capable playmakers.
Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida have shown they can handle an increased workload at running back, when healthy.
San Francisco will get an early look at its duo of Coleman and Breida next Sunday.