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Wilson (knee) recently resumed running and is still expected to return around midseason, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports
Analysis: All eyes are on the San Francisco backfield after a wild Week 1 in which Trey Sermon was a healthy scratch and Raheem Mostert suffered a season-ending knee injury. Wilson may eventually help, but a spot on the PUP list means he can't play until Week 7 even if his rehab process speeds up. He had surgery in late May to repair a meniscus tear, with the recovery timeline set at 4-to-6 months.
Sep 15, 2021 10:29 AM EST
The 49ers placed Wilson (knee) on the reserve/PUP list Tuesday, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Analysis: With Wilson set to miss at least the first six weeks of the season after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus in late May, this move more or less was expected. Meanwhile, the 49ers opted to cut Wayne Gallman after the preseason, Raheem Mostert and Trey Sermon are slated to head the backfield, with JaMycal Hasty and Elijah Mitchell on hand for any reps that remain.
Aug 31, 2021 3:10 PM EST
Wilson (knee) is on the PUP list to start training camp, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Most players on preseason PUP lists will be removed before the regular season, but that won't necessarily be the case with Wilson, who had surgery in late May to repair a torn meniscus. The rehab timeline was estimated at four-to-six months, with one report suggesting Wilson likely would stay on the PUP list for the beginning of the regular season, ruling him out for the first six games. He can still avoid that fate if his rehab trends toward the front end of the timeline, but Wilson isn't likely to make it back on the field at any point during training camp. Raheem Mostert, Trey Sermon and Wayne Gallman will compete for San Francisco's first- and second-team reps at running back, with Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty mixing in behind.
Jul 27, 2021 11:09 AM EST
Wilson (knee) is expected to miss at least the first six weeks of the season, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Wilson was already expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 months following surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of May, but this specific timeline report from Barrows indicates that the running back will be placed on the reserve/PUP list once training camp begins. Raheem Mostert is expected to lead the backfield attack in 2021, with Trey Sermon, Wayne Gallman and Elijah Mitchell (possibly in that order) jockeying for position during camp.
Jul 2, 2021 5:19 PM EST
Wilson recently underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus and is expected to be sidelined 4-to-6 months, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: It's a tough break for the the 25-year-old, who will now be sidelined for the start of the season and could be out into November if he returns on the long end of the initial timeline. Raheem Mostert is poised to open the season atop the depth chart, and rookies Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell will provide some much-needed depth in Wilson's absence.
May 25, 2021 4:28 PM EST
Wilson signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Wilson topped 100 yards twice during the 2021 season, including a 183-yard effort against the Cardinals in Week 16. He finished with 126 carries for 600 yards (4.8 YPC) and seven touchdowns, adding 12 receptions (28 targets) for 133 yards and three scores. Raheem Mostert is under contract for next season as well, so Wilson is slated to operate as the No. 2 back once again, barring any offseason additions. The 49ers' offensive dynamic could change next year if Jimmy Garoppolo is cut or traded, but head coach Kyle Shanahan has a long track record of setting his running backs up for success regardless of who is under center.
Jan 26, 2021 4:07 PM EST
Wilson received 23 touches for 88 combined yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's season finale, giving the back 733 combined yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns in 12 games this season.
Analysis: Wilson narrowly made San Francisco's 53-man roster this season as the fourth running back on the depth chart, but he finished the year as the team's workhorse and potentially its best (and healthiest) option going into the 2021 campaign. The third-year man spent time sharing the workload with all three of the team's other veteran options at various parts of the season, but Wilson regularly saw the important fantasy touches around the goal line and in most passing situations. Head coach Kyle Shanahan finally let the 24-year-old take over the starting job in full for the final two contests, and he responded 294 combined yards three touchdowns over that span. As for next season, Shanahan has proven to have a preference for two-back rotations, so there is no guarantee that Wilson -- a restricted free agent -- will continue to dominate the backfield touches the way he had been doing to close out the 2020 campaign. That said, if Wilson were to end up in a situation where he would see north of 20 touches per game, he is beginning to show that he can be a fantasy force with his well-rounded skillset and a nose for the end zone.
Jan 3, 2021 7:34 PM EST
Wilson carried the ball 22 times for 183 yards in Week 16 against the Cardinals. He added one reception for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: Wilson worked as the clear lead back for the 49ers, accounting for 22 of the team's 30 rushing attempts. He tallied the team's first touchdown, hauling in a pass over the middle of the field before beating a number of defenders on a 21-yard dash to the end zone. Wilson also added plenty of production on the ground, including explosive gains of 34, 25 and 23 yards. With Raheem Mostert (ankle) ruled out for the remainder of the season, Wilson should be in line to handle the majority of carries in Week 17 against Seattle.
Dec 26, 2020 5:27 PM EST
Wilson (ankle) isn't listed on Tuesday's injury report.
Analysis: The 25-year-old sustained the ankle injury during Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, but his absence from the injury report indicates it was a minor injury. Wilson should operate as San Francisco's No. 1 tailback the final two weeks of the season with Raheem Mostert (ankle) back on injured reserve.
Dec 22, 2020 8:32 PM EST
Wilson suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's 41-33 loss at Dallas, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Wilson didn't get much run until Raheem Mostert departed in the third quarter after appearing to aggravate a left ankle injury. Overall, Mostert totaled 14 carries for 68 yards while Wilson notched 60 yards and one touchdown on 16 runs. With the 49ers' current top two running backs dealing with health concerns, Tevin Coleman (three rushes for 11 yards) and Jerick McKinnon (two catches for 22 yards on two targets) are the team's remaining health options at the position.
Dec 20, 2020 2:11 PM EST
Wilson rushed 11 times for 31 yards and a touchdown Sunday, adding 13 more yards on one reception (three targets) in a 23-15 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Starter Raheem Mostert out-touched Wilson 16 to 12, but the latter was given the opportunity to punch the ball into the end zone from one yard out in the first quarter. The 25-year-old did, however, have an ugly drop late in the contest that would have extended a comeback drive, but the trip to end zone salvaged what would have been a disappointing game. Even though the Wilson is technically the backup in this offense, he brings added fantasy value as the preferred goal-line back along with his usage in the passing game (eight targets over the last two weeks). The 49ers will take on the Dallas Cowboys and their 32nd-ranked rush defense in Week 15, giving Wilson and the rest of San Francisco's rushing attack a huge boost in immediate value.
Dec 14, 2020 12:45 PM EST
Wilson rushed seven times for 47 yards and caught two passes (five targets) for 12 yards in Monday's 34-24 loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Wilson continued to split the backfield workload with Raheem Mostert, logging 28 snaps (46 percent) to the latter's 27 (44 percent). Both backs took big chunks out of the opposition's defense, but neither reached double-digit carries after the 49ers fell behind by multiple scores in the second half. It appears that this is the one-two punch head coach Kyle Shanahan will roll with moving forward, as Tevin Coleman (four snaps) and Jerick McKinnon (two snaps) were both healthy for the contest, but barely saw the field. It is worth noting that Wilson was the preferred back used in passing situations (five targets to Mostert's one), remaining on the field for the entirety of San Francisco's final two comeback attempts. The 25-year-old was also deployed when the team was close to the goal line, even receiving a target in the end zone that quarterback Nick Mullens failed to complete. Mostert will be more appealing in standard formats for his ability to break off a big touchdown run at any moment, but Wilson has carved out a role -- especially for those in PPR formats -- for his use in the passing game and preferred usage as a goal-line back. Next week's opponent, the Washington Football Team, does not boast an explosive offense, which could keep the game score close and both running backs more involved in the gameplan.
Dec 8, 2020 12:59 PM EST
Wilson carried 12 times for 43 yards and lost a fumble during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Rams.
Analysis: Making his first appearance in over a month after recovering from an ankle injury, Wilson finished four behind Raheem Mostert for the team lead in carries. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry after averaging 6.6 over his previous two outings, and his fumble toward the end of the first quarter squandered excellent field position for his team. Wilson's usage with both Mostert and Jerick McKinnon available was a positive sign, but his playing time could diminish if Tevin Coleman (knee) returns next week as well.
Nov 29, 2020 8:36 PM EST
Wilson (ankle) is listed as active Sunday versus the Rams.
Analysis: Making his first appearance since Oct. 25 at New England, Wilson may factor into the 49ers backfield with Tevin Coleman (knee) unavailable. That said, Raheem Mostert also was activated from IR on Saturday, so Wilson could play second or even third fiddle with Jerick McKinnon on hand.
Nov 29, 2020 11:40 AM EST
Wilson (ankle) was activated from injured reserve Saturday and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Raheem Mostert (ankle) was also activated and handed a questionable designation for Week 12. Meanwhile, Tevin Coleman (knee) has been ruled out. Jerick McKinnon is the only fully healthy, experienced running back heading into Sunday's game. It's a fool's errand to project how the backfield reps will be divvied up, but Wilson may be the odd man out if Mostert is at 100 percent.
Nov 28, 2020 4:24 PM EST
Wilson (ankle) is slated to be activated from IR prior to Sunday's road game versus the Rams, as coach Kyle Shanahan considers the running back questionable to suit up, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With Tevin Coleman (knee) ruled out for Week 12, the 49ers are calling in reinforcements in the form of Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Wilson. Both running backs are coming off multi-week recoveries, and Wilson himself hasn't suited up since Week 7. If Wilson is active Sunday, he may have to contend with Mostert for touches, though Jerick McKinnon could lead the backfield as the only consistently healthy San Francisco running back this season.
Nov 27, 2020 2:06 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that Wilson (ankle) is day-to-day, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Analysis: Wilson suffered a sprained ankle in Week 7 against the Patriots and sat out three games as a result. The 25-year-old running back was designated to return from IR on Tuesday, opening the 21-day window to be activated. Depending on how his ankle recovers to a week of practice, Wilson could play in this Sunday's game against the Rams. His role depends on the health of the other backs, as Tevin Coleman (knee), Jerick McKinnon (neck) and Raheem Mostert (knee) all carry injury tags at this time.
Nov 25, 2020 1:50 PM EST
The 49ers designated Wilson (ankle) to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: San Francisco will have 21 days to evaluate Wilson for a return to the 53-man roster. Before being moved to IR due to the sprained ankle, Wilson turned in his best game as a pro in the 49ers' Week 7 win over New England, rumbling 17 times for 112 yards and three scores while catching two passes for eight yards. Even if he proves healthy in practice, Wilson may have a tough time reclaiming a consistent role out of the backfield, as top option Raheem Mostert (ankle) was also designated to return from IR on Tuesday and may be ready to play as soon as Sunday against the Rams. In addition to Mostert, Tevin Coleman (knee) and Jerick McKinnon (neck) are also candidates to poach work from Wilson.
Nov 24, 2020 2:16 PM EST
Wilson (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: This comes as no surprise considering the 49ers indicated Wilson would be placed on injured reserve earlier in the week. It's a tough bit of luck for the third-year pro after easily the best game of his career, but the return of Tevin Coleman (knee) and improving health of Jerick McKinnon likely spelled a decreased role for Wilson anyhow. Wilson will stay on injured reserve a minimum of three weeks; just long enough for Raheem Mostert (ankle) to also be eligible to return.
Oct 31, 2020 3:18 PM EST
Wilson (ankle) is expected to land on the 49ers' injured reserve later this week, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: This news come straight from coach Kyle Shanahan. Wilson was excelling in his opportunity as the team's primary back prior to suffering a high-ankle sprain. He accumulated 112 yards and three touchdowns before exiting. This means he will join fellow running backs Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) on the IR. As a result, Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty will be the top remaining backs heading into Week 8.
Oct 26, 2020 3:57 PM EST
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