Raheem Mostert

Miami Dolphins
Running Back #31
Miami Dolphins
Running Back #31

Raheem Mostert News

Taking it slow

Coach Mike McDaniel expects Mostert (knee) to be ready for Week 1, though the Dolphins plan to be cautious with him this offseason, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: In other words, Mostert won't participate in spring practices, which was probably to be expected. He played only nine games over the past two seasons, with the most recent issue being a knee injury that required October surgery to address chipped cartilage. The 30-year-old is part of a rebuilt, veteran backfield that also added Chase Edmonds and Sony Michel this offseason, while Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed are the returning players of note. Mostert should compete for carries on early downs once he's healthy.

May 17, 2022 9:27 AM EST

Says rehab is going well

Mostert (knee) said Monday that he's "way ahead of schedule" in the rehab process after October surgery, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: The surgery addressed chipped cartilage in his left knee, and Mostert has now played only nine games over the past two seasons. The Dolphins do expect him to be healthy before Week 1, with Mostert joining the team on a one-year contract shortly after fellow running back Chase Edmonds got a two-year deal. Mostert has the benefit of familiarity with new Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel, formerly the 49ers' offensive coordinator, but Edmonds is still the better bet to lead Miami's backfield in touches. The team also has 2021 holdovers Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and Patrick Laird on the offseason roster.

Mar 21, 2022 11:17 AM EST

Moving on to South Beach

The Dolphins and Mostert agreed to a contract Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Not only is he reuniting with new coach Mike McDaniel, Mostert will join a backfield led by newcomer Chase Edmonds and Myles Gaskin. First, though, Mostert will need to complete his recovery from October surgery to address chipped cartilage in his left knee. According to a recent report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Mostert is expected to be healthy by Week 1 of next season, at which point he'll look to avoid the injury bug that limited him to nine appearances between the past two campaigns. When he's been able to suit up in his career, he's averaged 5.7 yards per carry and scored 14 TDs on 320 career touches.

Mar 16, 2022 5:39 PM EST

Recovery going well

Mostert (knee) is on track to make a full recovery by the start of the 2022 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Mostert's recovery process is exceeding expectations, per Schefter, though the details of his exact timetable remain undisclosed. The soon-to-be 30-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year, and given that injuries have limited Mostert to just nine appearances across the last two seasons, it remains to be seen whether teams will view him as a potential starting option on the open market. Mostert underwent surgery to address chipped cartilage in the meniscus of his left knee Oct. 12.

Mar 11, 2022 7:15 AM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The 49ers shifted Mostert (knee) from the reserve/COVID-19 list to injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Since getting hurt Week 1, Mostert underwent a procedure Oct. 12 to address chipped cartilage in his left knee, was cleared to walk without crutches Dec. 12 and spent Jan. 3-18 on the COVID-19 list. There's no potential for the seven-year pro to return from IR this season, but he appears as if he'll be healthy at some point between the end of the 49ers' season (whenever that may be) and the offseason program. In the meantime, rookie sixth-rounder Elijah Mitchell will continue to lead the backfield.

Jan 18, 2022 1:49 PM EST

Placed on COVID list

Mostert (knee) has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Mostert was already on season-ending IR due to a knee injury and the running back is slated to revert back to IR once he clears the league's COVID protocols.

Jan 3, 2022 3:14 PM EST

Ditches crutches

Mostert (knee) announced Friday that he's been cleared to walk without the aid of crutches, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: It's an early milestone in the recovery process for Mostert, who underwent Oct. 12 to address chipped cartilage in the meniscus of his left knee. Mostert is without a clear timeline to complete his rehab from the unique knee procedure, but he's already ruled himself out from playing again this season and is turning his focus to getting healthy for OTAs. Scheduled to become a free agent this spring, Mostert will likely need full medical clearance from doctors before any team offers him a contract.

Dec 3, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Checks in for surgery

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said Mostert will undergo surgery Tuesday to address chipped cartilage in his left knee, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mostert announced Sept. 14 that he would require a season-ending knee procedure, but he had to wait around a month for doctors to find the correct donor components needed for the operation. Assuming the surgery goes as planned, Mostert is expected to be back to full health ahead of the 2022 season. The 29-year-old running back is set to become a free agent this spring.

Oct 12, 2021 1:42 PM EST

Move to IR official

The 49ers placed Mostert (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: San Francisco officially removed Mostert from its 53-man roster a few hours after the running back announced he would undergo season-ending surgery to address the cartilage damage to his knee he sustained Sunday in the 49ers' season-opening win over the Lions. Mostert expects to be back to 100 percent health for the start of the 2022 campaign, but he could be suiting up for a different team, as he'll become a free agent during the upcoming spring. Meanwhile, the 49ers are expected to give Elijah Mitchell the first crack at the No. 1 role out of the backfield, with Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty on hand in complementary roles. Additionally, San Francisco signed veteran Kerryon Johnson to its practice squad Tuesday, and he could eventually factor into the backfield equation at some point.

Sep 14, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Getting surgery, season over

Mostert announced Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he will undergo season-ending knee surgery.

Analysis: Though 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan estimated Monday that Mostert would require an arthroscopic procedure and miss about eight weeks after sustaining chipped cartilage in his knee in the team's season-opening win over the Lions, the running back is instead electing to undergo what's believed to be a full meniscus repair, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. While the surgery will necessitate a longer recovery timeline, Mostert should have a brighter long-term health outlook rather than if he had returned in the second half of the season and continued to play through the knee issue. Expect the 49ers to officially place Mostert on season-ending injured reserve later this week, paving the way for the Elijah Mitchell, JaMycal Hasty and Trey Sermon to lead the ground game moving forward.

Sep 14, 2021 12:01 PM EST

Will not return to Sunday's game

Mostert (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Lions, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.

Analysis: The knee injury Mostert suffered in the first half of Sunday's game will prevent him from seeing any more action in Week 1, so Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty will split the carries for the remainder of the day. The extent of Mostert's injury is not yet known, but head coach Kyle Shanahan figures to provide some sort of update after the game concludes.

Sep 12, 2021 11:57 AM EST

Questionable to return

Mostert (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Lions, according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic.

Analysis: This isn't a promising sign for the 49ers, as they're already quite thin in terms of depth at running back. Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty are expected to gain a bigger role if Mostert is unable to return to action in the contest, given that Trey Sermon is inactive Sunday.

Sep 12, 2021 10:47 AM EST

Excels in start

Mostert rushed seven times for 53 yards in Sunday's 34-10 preseason win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Mostert garnered all of San Francisco's running-back touches on its first offensive drive and was highly efficient with his opportunities. He then saw rookie Trey Sermon incorporated on the second series, and fellow tailbacks JaMycal Hasty and Wayne Gallman shine afterward. Although Sermon should factor prominently in the 49ers' backfield rotation, Mostert seems the most likely candidate to start in Week 1 versus the Lions, which would give him good upside as the leader of an often-dominant running scheme.

Aug 29, 2021 4:33 PM EST

Not suiting up Sunday

Mostert isn't slated to play in Sunday's preseason game at the Chargers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Despite coach Kyle Shanahan's assertion that the starters would log at least a quarter of work in preseason Week 2, Mostert won't be available to the 49ers offense Sunday. Mostert will be joined by rookie running backs Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell (hip) on the sideline, leaving the backfield to Wayne Gallman, JaMycal Hasty, Kyle Juszczyk and Josh Hokit.

Aug 22, 2021 3:48 PM EST

Likely to suit up Sunday

Mostert is in line to play in Sunday's preseason contest at the Chargers, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Kyle Shanahan said after Friday's joint practice with the Chargers that 49ers starters will log "a quarter, a quarter and a half" in their second exhibition. As a result, it appears San Fran is set to have its dress rehearsal for the regular season Sunday. Mostert should get a lot of the backfield reps while the starters are on the field, yielding the occasional touch to Trey Sermon and perhaps even Wayne Gallman.

Aug 20, 2021 5:10 PM EST

Not expected to play in opener

Mostert is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Analysis: Mostert's absence does not appear to be injury-related, as he has taken part in practice since training camp began. Injuries limited Mostert to just eight games in 2020, so expect the 49ers to take it easy with him during the preseason so he is good to go for Week 1.

Aug 14, 2021 5:11 PM EST

Returns for start of camp

Mostert (knee) fielded some punts at Wednesday's practice, Keiana Martin of 49ers.com reports.

Analysis: The main takeaway is that Mostert returned healthy for the start of training camp after dealing with a minor knee injury during OTAs. He's never returned a punt in a regular-season game and isn't likely to start at this point in his career, though he was largely valued for his work on special teams prior to a late-2019 breakout. Mostert then made eight starts for the Niners in 2020, but he left two of those games early and missed eight others, held back by knee and ankle sprains. He did put up 65.1 rushing yards per game and 5.0 YPC, and he displayed his trademark speed on an 80-yard TD run and a 76-yard receiving score in September. While the explosiveness may keep Mostert atop San Francisco's depth chart, Tim Kawakami of The Athletic suggests rookie third-round pick Trey Sermon "already seems to be pretty much 1B to [Mostert]'s 1A at the tailback spot."

Jul 29, 2021 7:52 AM EST

Tending to minor knee injury

Mostert didn't participate in Wednesday's OTA due to a knee issue but is expected to be fine for training camp, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Mostert pieced together a strong showing in his eight games for the 49ers last season but had trouble staying on the field and finished the campaign on IR due to an ankle injury. Unfortunately, his offseason appears to be starting with an injury as well, though this one isn't expected to cost him many meaningful reps.

Jun 2, 2021 12:44 PM EST

Lands on IR

Mostert (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his 2020 season, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mostert's season was plagued by injuries, as ankle and knee injuries will end up costing him eight games this year. The 28-year-old running back rushed 104 times for 521 yards and two touchdowns this season, and he caught 16 of 19 targets for 156 yards and a score. The 49ers will close out the 2020 campaign with a committee of Jeff Wilson (ankle), Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon. Mostert is under contract for the 2021 season at a $3.3 million cap hit.

Dec 22, 2020 11:46 AM EST

Season likely over

Mostert (ankle) isn't expected to return in the 2020 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mostert missed four games earlier this season with a left ankle injury, and he never fully recovered from the injury. The 28-year-old tailback suffered a high-ankle sprain to the same ankle in this past Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. With the 49ers eliminated from playoff contention, they're expected to shut Mostert down for the rest of the season. If that's the case, a committee of Jeff Wilson (ankle), Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon will handle the backfield reps for the final two games.

Dec 22, 2020 11:18 AM EST

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