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Trey Sermon

San Francisco 49ers
Running Back #28
San Francisco 49ers
Running Back #28
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Trey Sermon News

Scores in first start

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


Good chance to lead backfield

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



Clears protocol, expected to start

Sermon is out of the concussion protocol and likely will serve as the 49ers' starting running back Sunday night against the Packers, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Friday injury report lists Elijah Mitchell (calf) as doubtful and JaMycal Hasty (knee) as out, while Sermon avoids a game designation altogether. The rookie thus appears ticketed for the lead backfield role in an offense with excellent coaching and blocking, considering the other healthy RBs are Trenton Cannon (primarily a special teams player) and Jacques Patrick (a 2020 UDFA who was signed Tuesday). Of course, Sermon hasn't done much to inspire confidence, first slipping down the depth chart and then suffering an injury on his first NFL carry. No matter, the third-round pick has a nice opportunity, with a big night potentially putting him ahead of Mitchell even beyond Week 3.

Sep 24, 2021 1:28 PM EST


Sheds non-contact jersey

Sermon (concussion) shed his non-contact jersey for Friday's practice, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's just a walkthrough, but this supports GM John Lynch's statement Friday morning when he said Sermon was trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Packers. Lynch was less optimistic about Elijah Mitchell, who returned to practice Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury. It's possible both backs end up listed as questionable this weekend.

Sep 24, 2021 12:27 PM EST


Progressing, remains in protocol

GM John Lync said Sermon (concussion) is trending in the right direction after practicing in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday, though the running back remains in the concussion protocol, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sermon suffered the concussion during the Week 2 win over the Eagles, but his quick return to practice indicates that he's advancing through the necessary protocols. If cleared to play, the rookie third-round pick could be in line for an increased role Sunday against the Packers since Elijah Mitchell's status is in question due to a shoulder injury. Sermon was a healthy scratch in the season opener, but opportunities have quickly been presented with Raheem Mostert (knee) out for the season and JaMychal Hasty (ankle) facing a multi-week absence.

Sep 24, 2021 8:35 AM EST



Puts in another limited practice

Sermon (concussion) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: For a second straight session, Sermon had a cap on his reps as he wore a blue non-contact jersey due to the concussion he sustained this past Sunday in Philadelphia, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic. Sermon will have to complete the NFL's protocol for head injuries to make himself available Week 3 against the Packers, but he appears to be the best bet of the 49ers' regular running backs to be active Sunday. With Raheem Mostert (knee) on IR, JaMycal Hasty out several weeks due to a high ankle sprain, and Elijah Mitchell working his way through a shoulder stinger, Sermon may be in line for his first career start this weekend. Sermon and the other three aside, San Francisco has emergency options lined up in Trenton Cannon and Jacques Patrick -- both are on the active roster -- while Kerryon Johnson and Chris Thompson are candidates to be elevated from the practice squad.

Sep 23, 2021 3:12 PM EST


Officially limited Wednesday

Sermon (concussion) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sermon came out of Week 2 with a concussion, but coach Kyle Shanahan noted Wednesday that the rookie third-round pick was "trending in a good direction" as he practiced in a blue non-contact jersey, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. The 49ers already have one running back out for the season -- Raheem Mostert (knee) -- and another dealing with a high-ankle sprain (JaMycal Hasty). Meanwhile, fellow rookie sixth-rounder Elijah Mitchell is tending to a shoulder injury that Shanahan described as "worse than a stinger," according to David Lombardi of The Athletic. Sermon will need to pass all five phases of the protocol for head injuries to suit up Sunday night against the Packers, but with so many unknowns in San Francisco's backfield it's unclear how the RB work will break down. Trenton Cannon is the only other back on the 49ers' active roster, and Kerryon Johnson, Chris Thompson and Jacques Patrick are candidates to be elevated from the practice squad.

Sep 22, 2021 3:53 PM EST


Likely to be limited Wednesday

Sermon (concussion) is in line to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Sermon was dinged on the helmet during his first potential carry as a pro this past Sunday -- the play was nullified by an Eagles penalty -- suffering a concussion in the process. Coach Kyle Shanahan relayed to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com on Wednesday that Sermon is "trending in a good direction," but the rookie third-rounder will don a blue non-contact jersey to begin Week 3 prep. Meanwhile, Raheem Mostert is out for the season following knee surgery, Elijah Mitchell's Week 2 injury is considered worse than a stinger, and JaMycal Hasty is expected to miss multiple weeks with a high-ankle sprain. Beyond that quartet, Trenton Cannon is the only other RB on the 49ers' active roster, while Kerryon Johnson, Chris Thompson and Jacques Patrick are on the practice squad.

Sep 22, 2021 1:02 PM EST


Has concussion

Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed that Sermon sustained a concussion during Sunday's 17-11 victory in Philadelphia, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After Elijah Mitchell suffered a shoulder injury in the second half Sunday, Sermon finally was called upon for his first NFL action. It didn't go well at all, with the rookie third-rounder taking an elbow to the helmet, fumbling in the process. The play ultimately was nullified by an Eagles penalty, but Sermon remained on the turf for a bit before going to the sideline and eventually the locker room. Now that he's in the concussion protocol, there's no telling when he'll be cleared for game action. As for the rest of the backfield, both Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty (ankle) have health concerns postgame, so the entire backfield bears monitoring as the 49ers prepare to host the Packers in Week 3.

Sep 19, 2021 2:06 PM EST


May have head injury

Sermon was evaluated for a head injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win at Philadelphia, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Sermon was called upon when Elijah Mitchell suffered a shoulder injury, but on the first potential carry of his career the former took a shot to the helmet, fumbled the ball and remained on the turf for a spell. Sermon managed to get back to the sideline before he was escorted to the locker room. While it's unclear if Sermon sustained a concussion, the 49ers will come out of Week 2 with injuries littered across the backfield (JaMycal Hasty also hurt his ankle).

Sep 19, 2021 1:11 PM EST


Suiting up Week 2

Sermon is active for Sunday's game in Philadelphia.

Analysis: After Sermon was a surprise healthy scratch Week 1, he'll be available to the 49ers backfield Sunday. That said, Elijah Mitchell is expected to be the lead runner in the wake of Raheem Mostert's season-ending knee injury. In the team's season opener at Detroit, Mitchell turned 19 carries into 104 yards and one touchdown, while JaMycal Hasty had two touches for 18 yards and a TD himself. As a result, Sermon may not be available for more than a handful of snaps in the first potential game action of his career.

Sep 19, 2021 8:59 AM EST


Surprise inactive Week 1

Sermon (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: After the 49ers invested a third-round selection into him during this year's draft, Sermon not only looked on track to be a regular member of the team's weekly backfield mix, but perhaps a threat to displace Raheem Mostert as the No. 1 option. Even after a strong preseason, however, Sermon will surprisingly find himself in street clothes for Week 1. Behind Mostert, the 49ers will have JaMycal Hasty and Elijah Mitchell active in reserve.

Sep 12, 2021 8:42 AM EST


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