Sermon is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Cowboys.
Analysis: Though Sermon was recently activated from injured reserve, he's the odd man out Sunday, with Elijah Mitchell, JaMycal Hasty and Jeff Wilson available to handle the 49ers' backfield duties in the team's playoff opener.
Jan 16, 2022 12:12 PM EST
The 49ers activated Sermon (ankle) from injured reserve Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The 49ers needed to make this move by Tuesday, or else Sermon's 21-day practice window would have closed, and he would have remained on IR for the rest of the team's playoff run. Assuming all of Elijah Mitchell (knee), JaMycal Hasty and Jeff Wilson are available for Sunday's wild-card game at Dallas, there's a good chance Sermon is a healthy scratch. And that's also assuming Sermon heads into the weekend without an injury designation.
Jan 11, 2022 2:54 PM EST
Sermon (ankle) wasn't among the players added to San Francisco's roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's regular-season finale against the Rams, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: San Francisco designated Sermon for return from injured reserve Dec. 22, a transaction that gives the team 21 days to evaluate him for a return to the 53-man roster. The team will thus have until Wednesday of the upcoming week to either activate Sermon or keep him on IR for the entirety of a potential postseason run, pending the results of the Week 18 games. The rookie running back will finish the regular season with 41 carries for 167 yards and a touchdown to go with three catches for 26 yards over nine appearances.
Jan 9, 2022 6:09 AM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that the 49ers expect to activate Sermon (ankle) from injured reserve before Sunday's game against the Texans, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Absent for the past four contests due to a sprained right ankle, Sermon set himself for a return by getting back on the practice field last Wednesday. Assuming Shanahan's statement comes to pass, Sermon may find it difficult to be a part of the offense if Elijah Mitchell (knee) also puts an end to a three-game absence. If Mitchell is available, he could take on his usual workhorse role, while his stand-in, Jeff Wilson, would be next up for early-down reps. JaMycal Hasty also is on hand for change-of-pace work, which could limit Sermon's chances to get on the field.
Dec 29, 2021 12:08 PM EST
The 49ers didn't activated Sermon (ankle) from injured reserve before Thursday's game at Tennessee, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Sermon was designated to return from IR on Wednesday, so it's no surprise he was unable to prove he wasn't past his sprained right ankle. With Elijah Mitchell (knee) absent for a third consecutive game, Jeff Wilson will act as the 49ers' primary running back Thursday, while the likes of JaMycal Hasty, Brian Hill, wide receiver Deebo Samuel and fullback Kyle Juszczyk mix into the backfield as well.
Dec 23, 2021 4:32 PM EST
Sermon (ankle) has been designated to return from injured reserve, with the Niners opening his practice window Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: It's unclear if this means Sermon has a shot to play in Thursday's game at Tennessee. With Elijah Mitchell (knee) in danger of a third straight absence, Jeff Wilson is lined up for another start.
Dec 22, 2021 10:06 AM EST
Sermon (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Head coach Kyle Shanahan seemed to hint this designation was on the table Friday as the rookie evidently suffered a sprain serious enough to miss significant time. It's been a disappointing campaign for the Ohio State product and while Sermon would be eligible to return before the end of the season, it's hard to envision a scenario where the running back emerges as the main ballcarrier.
Dec 4, 2021 3:22 PM EST
Sermon (ankle) has been ruled out in advance of Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
Analysis: For the first time all season, Sermon will be sidelined for an injury-related reason -- he was a healthy inactive in Weeks 1 and 9 -- after he sprained his right ankle in the 49ers' Week 12 win over the Vikings. Head coach Kyle Shanahan suggested that the ankle issue could be serious enough for Sermon to go on injured reserve, but a decision on that front likely won't be finalized until Saturday, the deadline for teams playing Sunday to make Week 13 transactions. Even if Sermon avoids IR and is able to return next week or Week 15, he likely won't have a role on offense so long as Elijah Mitchell, Jeff Wilson and JaMycal Hasty are all healthy.
Dec 3, 2021 3:35 PM EST
Sermon has been diagnosed with an ankle sprain, and coach Kyle Shanahan said that the rookie third-round pick could land on injured reserve, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Sermon left Sunday's eventual win over the Vikings due to a right ankle injury and was unable to return. Prior to his departure, he managed to play four snaps on special teams but none on offense as Elijah Mitchell (finger) was back in the fold following a one-game absence. Behind Mitchell, expect Jeff Wilson to handle the bulk of the backfield work that lingers while Sermon is sidelined.
Nov 29, 2021 4:20 PM EST
Sermon (ankle) has been ruled out for the second half of Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Sermon injured his ankle on special teams in the first half of Sunday's contest, and he will not see any action in the final two quarters. The 49ers figure to provide some sort of update on Sermon's status at the conclusion of the game.
Nov 28, 2021 3:24 PM EST
Sermon sustained an ankle injury during Sunday's game against the Vikings, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Sermon was unable to put weight on his right leg as he needed assistance to get off the field after a Brandon Aiyuk punt return. With Elijah Mitchell back in the fold after recovering from finger surgery, Sermon didn't receive a touch prior to his departure.
Nov 28, 2021 2:42 PM EST
Sermon rushed 10 times for 32 yards and caught his lone target for 23 yards in Sunday's 30-10 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Elijah Mitchell (finger) and JaMycal Hasty (ankle) were both inactive Sunday, so Sermon -- who had received just one carry over the last five games -- jumped up to second on the depth chart behind fill-in starter Jeff Wilson (19 carries for 50 yards). Neither back made much of a case for deserving more playing time when Mitchell returns, with wide receiver Deebo Samuel (eight carries for 79 yards and a touchdown) looking like the best running back on the field. Sermon is being treated as a last resort by the 49ers' coaching staff in his rookie year, so fantasy managers should do the same heading into an important matchup between NFC Wild Card hopefuls.
Nov 22, 2021 12:22 PM EST
Sermon will likely serve as the 49ers' top backup running back behind Jeff Wilson in Sunday's game against the Jaguars with Elijah Mitchell (finger) listed as doubtful and JaMycal Hasty (ankle) ruled out for the contest, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Mitchell wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week after undergoing surgery Tuesday to address a fractured finger on his right hand, so his expected absence should clear the way for Wilson to start and serve as San Francisco's lead back. Though Sermon, a rookie third-round pick, was expected to challenge for that role this season, he hasn't been able to gain much traction in the running attack even after Raheem Mostert (knee) suffered a season-ending injury Week 1. Sermon hasn't played an offensive snap since Week 5, but the depleted state of the San Francisco backfield should be enough for him to step in as the No. 2 option this week, as the only other back on the roster (Trenton Cannon) has been treated almost exclusively as a special-teams player. Since Sermon hasn't shown much aptitude as a receiver either, Shahanan might not be inclined to rely on the rookie for the passing-down role that belonged to Hasty. Instead, the 49ers could lean on Wilson as a three-down workhorse, with Sermon subbing in mainly on early downs when the starter requires a breather.
Nov 19, 2021 2:15 PM EST
Sermon (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Cardinals, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Starting running back Elijah Mitchell was inhibited in practice this week by a rib injury, and while he's playing the 49ers reportedly are unsure how much work he'll be able to handle. Despite it all, Sermon won't be a candidate to spell Mitchell, as he's struggled to earn work on offense when the latter has been available to the offense. With Sermon a healthy scratch, Jeff Wilson, JaMycal Hasty and Trenton Cannon are the running backs that will mix in behind Mitchell on Sunday.
Nov 7, 2021 12:14 PM EST
Sermon did not receive a touch or an offensive snap in Sunday's 30-18 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Sermon took a backseat to Elijah Mitchell when his fellow rookie returned from injury in Week 5, and now he's dropped in the depth chart yet again with the return of JaMycal Hasty (ankle). The 49ers' third-round pick from this year's draft performed well in Mitchell's absence, so his placement in head coach Kyle Shanahan's doghouse doesn't add up. Whatever the case may be, it is clear the team has no intentions on developing Sermon so long as Mitchell is healthy, leaving the back off the fantasy radar heading into next Sunday's tilt against the Bears.
Oct 25, 2021 1:44 PM EST
Sermon was only on the field for two offensive snaps (three percent) Sunday, finishing with one carry for seven yards in a 17-10 loss to Arizona.
Analysis: Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) returned from injury and reclaimed his starting role (44 snaps). The playing time distribution between the rookie backs was a bit surprising considering that Sermon had been performing well in Mitchell's stead, and also given head coach Kyle Shanahan's propensity to utilize two backs in his system. It is clear that the coaching staff believes that Mitchell has more to offer despite where the club selected the backs in this year's draft. It is probably safe to explore other options when it comes to Sermon, especially with the 49ers' bye week on tap.
Oct 11, 2021 12:58 PM EST
Sermon ran for 89 yards on 19 carries against Seattle on Sunday.
Analysis: The 49ers were without Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) and JaMycal Hasty (ankle), so there wasn't much competition for Sermon in the 49ers backfield Sunday, but Jacques Patrick (two carries) was the only other 49ers running back to touch the ball against Seattle. Given that Sermon mostly did well with the heightened workload, it's possible that he's earned himself more traction in the 49ers backfield even if Mitchell returns in Week 5. In the meantime, Sermon should probably be considered the favorite to lead the 49ers running backs as they hit the road for Arizona in Week 5.
Oct 3, 2021 4:38 PM EST
Sermon is expected to remain the 49ers' top option out the backfield for Sunday's game against the Seahawks with Elijah Mitchell (questionable, shoulder) not expected to play Week 4, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: In the absence of Mitchell in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to the Packers, Sermon drew the start and played 60 percent of offensive snaps, but he wasn't especially effective during his time on the field (10 carries for 31 yards and a touchdown, two receptions for three yards on three targets). Sermon wasn't helped by the 49ers trailing for most of the night, which forced the team to adopt a more pass-heavy game script than head coach Kyle Shanahan might have preferred. Assuming the 49ers aren't forced to play from behind Week 4, Sermon could be in store for a higher-volume role, but Kyle Juszczyk, Jacques Patrick and Trenton Cannon linger as candidates for backfield work if the rookie third-round pick can't get much going on the ground or as a pass catcher.
Oct 3, 2021 5:57 AM EST
Sermon rushed 10 times for 31 yards and a touchdown while catching two passes for three yards in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: Sermon got the nod as starter as expected after Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) was pronounced out for the contest. The 49ers' third-round selection from this year's draft finished with a decent fantasy line thanks to his touchdown scamper, but the 3.1 yards per carry failed to impress. In the rookie's defense, the 49ers were playing from behind for most of the contest, and relied upon their passing game to lead a comeback that fell just short. Perhaps Sermon could perform better in a more traditional game script. Whether or not we get a chance to see that is currently undetermined, as Mitchell could end up returning for next Week's matchup against the Seahawks. If the latter is unable to come back from injury, then Sermon should receive the lion's share of backfield touches like he did against the Packers.
Sep 26, 2021 10:54 PM EST
Sermon is one of four available running backs for the 49ers on Sunday against the Packers after Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) was deemed inactive, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.
Analysis: Joining Sermon are Kerryon Johnson, Jacques Patrick and Trenton Cannon. Due to the draft capital invested in Sermon, a 2021 third-round pick, and his experience in coach Kyle Shanahan's system relative to the other three, he likely will lead San Francisco's backfield Week 3, despite his much publicized slide down the depth chart in recent weeks. Clearly, injuries to Mitchell, Raheem Mostert (knee) and JaMycal Hasty (ankle) have opened up an opportunity for Sermon, but an impressive performance Sunday could solidify his standing in Shanahan's mind moving forward.
Sep 26, 2021 4:16 PM EST
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